Sex is one of those topics which seems to be a taboo among many people. Along with food appetite, sleep appetite, thirst appetite, etc., we all have a sexual appetite regardless of whether it is discussed or acted upon. Age is no barrier to any appetite, regardless of old wives’ tales and myths. Unfortunately, the sexual appetites of individuals with dementia are not addressed regardless of where he/she resides.
Sexual activity in any facility or institution has been and continues to be problematic for many patients and administrators alike. Long term health facilities such as state hospitals, facilities for the developmentally disabled, prison, jails and nursing homes are all places where sexual activity abounds but people either don’t think about it or don’t want to think about it.
I came across this article today which is very timely and something we cannot ignore. I’m glad this is being addressed. I highly suspect this will continue to surface as our population continues to live longer.
Here is the link: Residents’ sexual needs an issue for nursing homes