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Sexuality is not age-related: an interview study
Malmö University.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5731-2799
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3166-0274
2023 (English)In: Sexual and Relationship Therapy, ISSN 1468-1994, E-ISSN 1468-1749Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Increased knowledge of how sexuality is expressed in older persons may create opportunities for healthcare professionals to perform care according to a person-centered approach. To describe older people’s experiences of sexuality concerning aging, a qualitative study was conducted. Eight persons aged 60 and above were interviewed, and the obtained data were analyzed using content analysis. The findings revealed that the participants were certain of being sexually active as they got older. Awareness of what old age can bring regarding illness and increased medication intake was clear, alongside the importance of discussing sexuality with friends or a partner. Age was not seen as an obstacle to continuously being sexually active, and new ways to maintain intimacy and sexuality were identified. According to our results sexuality in older people is about well-being and intimate relationships. Creating opportunities for a trusting, caring relationship can strengthen older people’s sexual health. Healthcare professionals must, therefore, make possibilities for trustful relationships to support and discuss sexuality with older people. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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Aging, nursing, older people, sexual health, sexuality
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-25502DOI: 10.1080/14681994.2023.2259325Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85173759021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-25502DiVA, id: diva2:1808057
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