I just wanted to reach out to you to let you know what a wonderful experience I had at the Sexuality, Intimacy, and Aging Conference. It was so great and inspiring to see so many people interested in continuing healthy sexual practices, especially centered around the aging population…I definitely plan on going to the conference again next year.
Thank you again!
Renee J. Flores, MD
Assistant Professor, Geriatric Medicine and Associate Program Director, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Geriatric and Hospice & Palliative Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Thank you all for a truly wonderful Conference this year. You really did an amazing job. Kudos to all who made the Conference so successful, including the student volunteers. It is staggering what you accomplished. Everyone I spoke with said the conference was excellent. So many professionals were thrilled to receive their continuing education credits.
The keynote speakers, Daniel Gottleib and Milton Diamond really were unforgettable and brought a nice balance of the personal and emotional realities of aging and sexuality, along with the science and in-depth research on the topic of intersex. Great coups!
Thank you again for everything.
Constance M. Bowes, PhD
C. M. Bowes & Associates
West Chester, PA
We are so pleased with the feedback from our 4th annual event hosted by the Sexuality and Aging Consortium! At the final wrap up facilitated by Board member Jane Fleishman, people shared their take-aways and next steps for putting their new knowledge and skills to use. It was rewarding to see how much people gained in two days.
The conference opened with an address by Denise Stewart, MSW, Director of the Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging, who gave an overview of older adult challenges and the need for human services professionals to address them.
Keynote speaker Daniel Gottlieb, PhD, popular WHYY radio personality and host of Voices in the Family, gave a heartwarming lesson in how to focus on what one has, rather than on any losses one might experience. His talk was both heart warming and inspiring.
Other plenary programs included Mike Zeko, who introduced Talking to Giants: The Series, an innovative archive of video interviews with influential sexologists; Susana Mayer, PhD who discussed the Erotic Literary Salon, a forum for sharing without censorship.
Our 100+ attendees were joined by three classes of students from the Widener University Center for Human Sexuality Studies, all of whom were eager to learn about Differences in Sexual Development (also known as intersexuality) from Milton Diamond, PhD, one of the world’s most influential researchers on intersexuality.
Over the course of two days, 23 workshops were offered, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about topics ranging from aging adults with autism to reaching seniors through social media and helping older African Americans reconcile their sexuality and religious faith. Several workshops addressed the needs of administrators of long term care facilities.
We are extremely grateful to our speakers and presenters, many of whom traveled great distances to participate in the conference.
We thank Cassandra Rustvold for coordinating the poster session and volunteers; Karen Hicks, Chris Nufer, and Berkeley Harbour for assisting with sponsorships; Jane Fleishman and Cindy Lee Alves for social media; and our student volunteers. We extend our deep gratitude to Jill Brinker for her unending patience and hard work.
On campus, we thank Dr. John Poulin, Dr. Don Dyson, and Dr. Sanjay R. Nath for their co-sponsorship of this conference; Campus Security; Yvonne Orme, Widener Reservationist; Aramark; Media Services; Widener U. Bookstore; Undergraduate Admissions; Alumni Engagement; Media Services & Classroom Support; and University College/Continuing Ed.
We also thank everyone who attended the conference and helped make it the wonderful experience that it was. A number of you joined the Consortium as a result of attending, and we welcome you into membership!
We Love our Sponsors!
We are very grateful for the generosity of our sponsors: The Female Health Company, Whole Foods, the ISIS Network, the PA Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, BladeBuddy by RazorCare.com, Überlube, Astroglide, Trojan Professional, LuckyBloke; the National Sex Ed Conference; Gayle Appel Doll; Anita Hoffer, Maggi Boyer; New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness; the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality; and our Supporters and Friends.
Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE & Robin Goldberg-Glen, PhD, MSW
Conference Co-Chairs and Consortium Co-Presidents