Sexuality and Aging Resources

Sex Therapist David Yarian, Ph.D.

Sexuality and Aging - Books

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Clinical Perspectives on Elderly SexualityClinical Perspectives on Elderly Sexuality

Jennifer Hillman

This text features a combination of research findings, clinical case studies and specific guidelines for assessment and intervention. A variety of topics - body image and eating disorders, HIV, the long-term impact of sexual trauma in late life, sexuality in institutional settings, sexuality for partners of older adults with dementia and other chronic illnesses, traditional and non-traditional relationships, and information about medications that can cause sexual dysfunction are reviewed in detail. In addition, practitioners are given practical suggestions for interviewing older adults about sexual issues, working with character-disordered older adults, managing sexualized transference in the therapeutic relationship, mediating conflict between professionals on interdisciplinary teams, and assessing HIV and HIV-induced dementia.

Let Me Count the WaysLet Me Count the Ways: Great Sex without Intercourse

Marty Klein and Riki Robbins

Two of America's leading sex and gender experts show readers how to make sex more enjoyable by breaking away from the repetitive mechanics of intercourse. The book describes a path toward a more varied, playful and intimate sexuality, debunking myths such as "impotence," "frigidity," and "foreplay;" indeed the book shatters the myth that intercourse equals sex itself.

The New Love and Sex After        60The New Love and Sex After 60

Robert Butler and Myrna Lewis

"The best all-around sex manual for older adults." Thorough coverage of the effects of normal aging, medical problems, and drugs on sexuality and how to overcome roadblocks; physical and emotional sexual fitness; singlehood and relationships; sexual enhancement tips; dating, remarriage, and one's children; and finding help.

Sex and Love for GrownupsSex and Love for Grownups: A No-Nonsense Guide to a Life of Passion

Sallie Foley

This book, from AARP Books/Sterling, collects many of the best of the Modern Love columns from the AARP Magazine.

Sex Over 50Sex Over 50

Joel Block

A frank, confident guide to the uninhibited pleasures of sex -- for those pushing fifty and for those on the far side of it -- that shows how to overcome the common problems mature couples experience and bring fulfillment and intimacy back to any sex life.

Still Doing ItStill Doing It: Women and Men Over Sixty Write About Their Sexuality

Joani Blank

The writers (60-plus to 80-plus) of Still Doing It all enjoy a rich sexual life. Some write about sex with a longtime partner and how they use fantasy, costume, videos, and sex toys to keep their relationships new. Some have multiple partners (including a few who "swing"), or describe their search for partners. Some choose self-pleasuring. Be forewarned that these erotic stories are extremely graphic, with take-no-prisoners descriptions of body parts, arousal techniques, connections, positions, and releases. The writers' sexual orientations are an assortment of straight, gay, and bisexual.

Sexuality and Aging - Films and Magazine Articles

Modern Love -- monthly column in the AARP Magazine

Sallie Foley

This cleverly written column, based on questions submitted by readers, is full of wit and wisdom on topics pertinent to seniors - from desire, to dating, to safe sex, to remembering who you went out with last night.

Sex in America: AARP's Landmark Study on Sexuality -- Sex in the Fifties

This article reports on the AARP 2009 survey of sexual attitudes and behavior among adults 45 and older, and compares the findings to the results of the earilier AARP survey conducted in 1999.

Still Doing It

A film by Deirdre Fishel

Flying in the face of this culture's extreme ageism, STILL DOING IT explores the lives of older women. Partnered, single, straight, gay, black and white; nine extraordinary women, age 67-87, express with startling honesty and humor how they feel about themselves, sex, and love in later life and the poignant realities of aging. Outspoken for their generation, these women mark a sea change. Women over 65 are the fastest-growing segment of the population and in 2011, when the baby boomers begin to turn 65, their numbers will swell. STILL DOING IT looks at this society's complex relationship to women and aging with surprising and revelatory results.

Sexuality and Aging - Internet Resources

The Guide to Self Help Books

A general guide to recommended self-help books, containing over 600 books in 46 sections with annotations and book reviews. There are useful sections on Sexuality, Intimate Relationships, Men's Sexual Health, and Women's Sexual Health.

Sex and Aging

This publication by the Mayo Clinic describes the natural changes in the body due to aging, which can affect sexual performance and sexual relationships. Covered are physical and psychological changes as well as changes due to effects of medications and surgery. The article includes solid advice for improving sex as you age.