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Graduation is not the end

This is the season when the graduates put on those funny caps and long gowns and we give them advice on their future jobs, careers, intellectual pursuits.  But do we ever talk to them about their future relationships or sexuality?  This year, the  Institute promises you more than pomp and circumstance.    This year, we will see more professionals in our field graduating with degrees in human sexuality, social work,... Read more...

What have you seen in mainstream media that puts sexuality and aging in a positive light?

To get into the spirit of the Institute in advance, consider watching the film, Hello My Name is Doris.    It’s a light comedy and has its flaws, but the main character, Doris (played by Sally Field), shines a light on an older woman’s sexual nature.  Doris lives alone and is interested in a man half her age. In the past, Doris might have been called a spinster, a crone, pitiful, or ridiculous. Yet today we may... Read more...

Why worry about STI’s when you’re over 60

Age is not an exemption from dealing with Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).  Older adults are part of a generation where safer sex may have meant avoiding pregnancy. Many older adults think, “Why me?  I don’t need to practice safer sex, I’m not going to get pregnant and I survived the HIV/AIDS crisis.” At the Sexuality and Aging Consortium, we are addressing the needs of older adults and STIs.  According to... Read more...

Nurturing Connection through Healthy Touch

Touch is a human right.  But at the end of life, it is typically relegated to health needs rather than emotional or sexual needs.  Dr. Melanie Davis and Dr. Robin Goldberg-Glen present culturally competent practices that help caregivers and professionals to nurture human connections that are respectful and reinforce appropriate types of touch.  Promises to be a great presentation at the Sexuality and Aging Training... Read more...

March comes in like a lion

…and out like a lamb?  It’s time to start registering for this year’s Sexuality and Aging Training Institute at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit.  Rub shoulders with gerontologists, sexuality educators, sex therapists, and others who are interested and knowledgeable about sexuality and aging.  Who knows, you  might even find some lions and lambs. We’d love to hear from you.  You can email us at... Read more...

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