Medicine has progressed to the point where most individuals now live longer lives and live longer and healthier lives. This is a wonderful trend that is good news for everyone, especially the elderly. However, it also poses several health issues. One of the health issues that older persons will have to deal with is their sexual health. As a result, we will discuss sexual patterns among senior citizens. One of the topics will be the necessity of sexual education, which will be addressed with older persons and their health care providers, families, close friends, and public health professionals. It is vital for both the elderly and those who care for them to be aware of this issue.
Trends in the Present
During a meeting of the American Sexual Health Association in 2013, it was determined that the following issues are critical for ageing people’s sexual health:
Even as people get older, social and sexual interactions are vital, especially now that life expectancy and quality of life have increased.
Regardless of their age, people who have a spouse are generally happier and more content with their lives. However, because of the challenges with relationships, many older persons avoid them. The main source of concern for them is sexual function and performance.
Some of these problems have almost completely vanished due to improved overall health and the usage of widely prescribed drugs like Viagra. As a result, many senior folks can now enjoy a satisfying sexual life regardless of their age. With the onset of old age, we all experience various physical and emotional changes, and we will notice changes in our sexual desire and performance. Fortunately, with the right help, all of this can be handled.
It is wonderful for all seniors to have a fulfilling sexual life in their golden years, but there is a drawback. Many older persons are exposed to STDs due to increased sexual engagement (sexually transmitted diseases). The number of elderly afflicted has risen in recent years. The number of seniors with STDs grew by 50% in less than ten years, according to an AARP study published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections in 2008. This is concerning because many sexually transmitted illnesses are becoming increasingly resistant to current medications. As a result, the topic of senior sexual health is more significant than ever.
Education and Its Importance
Seniors are at a higher risk of contracting an STD due to their increased sexual activity. However, this issue is not given the attention it deserves with stuff like that. The elderly, for the most part, do not discuss it openly owing to shame. Of course, the problem is education, as the societal stigma associated with sexual behaviours among the elderly remains high. As more people become hesitant to discuss this topic, the risk climbs dramatically.
Most seniors were more concerned about becoming pregnant than with contracting an STD in their youth, and as a result, they didn’t know enough about the subject in their earlier days. That is why health care practitioners must devote time and resources to teaching elders about sexual activity and STDs and testing and, if necessary, treatment. When speaking with the elderly, some of the points to focus on include:
Before engaging in sexual activity, they should know their partner’s sexual history.
Monogamy or, at the very least, a small number of partners
Getting STD tests—this is something that both spouses should do.
Using lube and a condom
I am not having sex when under alcohol or other drugs.