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Sexual Dysfunction in the Elderly
A study of the biological, social, emotional, cultural and environmental factors affecting sexual dysfunction in the elderly.
# 101999 | 1,980 words | 9 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 09, 2008 in Aging (Gerontology) , Medical and Health (General) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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This paper addresses the issue of whether sexual dysfunction in the elderly is a result of disease and physical conditions or an aspect of the aging process. The paper holds that changes in sexual desire and activity may be the result of a wide range of biological, social, emotional, cultural and environmental factors. The paper suggests that, while sexual dysfunction is related to a combination of the aging process and disease conditions, it may also largely be the result of misguided beliefs about aging and sexuality. The paper concludes that a great proportion of sexual problems are associated with the conditions of older people's lives and with social attitudes about aging and sexuality. It holds that the majority of issues related to sexual dysfunction can be addressed through heath teaching.

Table of Contents:
Literature Review
Physical Conditions and Disease
Sexual Dysfunction and the Aging Process

From the Paper:

"One reason for sexual dysfunction is relatively easily addressed and has important implications for nursing. Lack of information about sexual dysfunction and embarrassment on the part of men to discuss the issue needs to be addressed through sensitive health teaching. Erectile dysfunction can produce a significant psychological and social impact on the patient and his partner. In addition, it is associated with depression, anxiety, and loss of self-esteem in both partners. Even though society is open about the problem of erectile dysfunction, men generally are not inclined to seek help. However, since erectile dysfunction could be the first manifestation of cardiovascular disease as well as diabetes, it is extremely important that he care provider inquire about the problem during patient visits (Kolodny, 2003)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adams, S. & Dubbert, P. (1996). Assessment of sexual beliefs and information in aging couples with sexual dysfunction. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 25 (3), 249-261.
  • Aizenberg, D. & Weizman, A. (2002). Attitudes toward sexuality among nursing home residents. Sexuality and Disability, 20 (3), 185-192.
  • Flint, A. (1997). Pharmacologic treatment of depression in late life. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 157 (8), 1061-1068.
  • Goh, V. & Tain, C. (2004). Sex and aging in the city. Aging Male, 7 (3), 219-227.
  • Guay, A. (2006). Testosterone and erectile physiology. Aging Male, 9 (4), 201-207.

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