a publication of the sexuality and aging consortium at widener university

Consortium Members Make a Difference!

By Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE and Karen Hicks, PhD, Consortium Co-Presidents

We’re not even half-way through 2012, but we’re too excited to wait for an end-of-year report to share news of the many ways the Consortium and its members are making an impact on sexuality and aging. We hope you’ll be inspired in your own work and that you will consider joining or donating to the Consortium to make even bigger changes possible.

Consortium News

  • This month, our members helped build short- and long-term objectives for inclusion in the 2012 Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance report on sexual freedom. Ranging from medical school training on older adult sexuality to LGBT rights in long-term care, the objectives will become part of a global initiative for change.
  • The Consortium will host its 2nd annual Sexuality, Intimacy and Aging Conference and SilverSAR(tm) on Sept. 14-15 at Widener University, Chester, PA. Please join us for a unique opportunity to grow in knowledge, skills, and contacts while earning CEs  https://www.sexualityandaging.com/register-now
  • We now offer 4 levels of membership: Full, Associate, Student, and Widener University Student. We encourage you to learn more about membership benefits!

Member & Advisory Board Member News

Patricia Barthalow Koch (Advisory Board)

  • Received the Penn State University President’s Award for Engagement with Students, given to “a faculty member who goes well beyond her responsibilities as a professor to engage and encourage students, demonstrating deep caring and involvement with students’ learning.”

Constance Bowes

  • Co-presenting “The Vulva Dialogues – A conversation between a younger vulva and an older vulva about the cultural and sociological myths and challenges facing women around sexuality” at the Annual Conference of AASECT in Austin, TX. Bowes and co-presenter Kim Chestnut earned doctorates in 2010 from Widener’s Graduate Program in Human Sexuality.
  • Writing about empowering older adults to explore a holistic perspective and a growth-oriented approach to healthy sexuality.  Her research supports the position that a growth-oriented approach to sexuality paves the way to personal transformation and can be a tool for experiences of transcendence for older adults.

Peggy Brick

  • Earned the 2012 AASECT Sexuality Educator of the Year Award. AASECT is the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists.
  • Delivered keynote at 2012 Annual Provincial Long Term & Continuing Care Conference, Manitoba, Canada, “The Heart Has No Wrinkles: Creating a Person-Centered Approach to Sexuality and Intimacy in Long Term and Continuing Care.”

Terri Clark

  • Developed and facilitates LGBT Senior Cultural Competency Training for network providers to raise consciousness and increase staff sensitivity to the needs and concerns of LGBT seniors.
  • Created the LGBT Housing Resource Guide, which identifies housing (independent living community, life care community, personal care/assisted living community and nursing home) that is LGBT “friendly”.

Melanie Davis

  • Coordinates SaferSex4Seniors.org, a highly trafficked, content-driven website created by a collective of sex and aging specialists (including several Consortium members). A video embedded on the side has more than 1 million views, and it and the website have garnered international media attention.

Joan Garrity, Anita Hoffer, and Wayne Pawlowski

  • Created and trademarked a groundbreaking SilverSAR™ (sexuality attitude reassessment) which is offered as professional development seminar at the Annual Conference of the AASECT in Austin, TX. It debuted at the Consortium’s 2011 conference and will be offered at this year’s conference. SARs are an essential aspect of sexology training.

Robin Goldberg-Glen

  • Writing a textbook on Gerontology, including topics related to sexuality.

Beryl Goldman (Advisory Board)

  • Co-presented with Peggy Brick on “Sexuality and Intimacy in Long-Term Car” at the American Society on Aging conference.

Susan Milstein

  • Offers “Senior” Sex in the City, a three- session CE training for healthcare professionals.

Wayne Pawlowski

  • Attended the first White House Conference on LGBT Aging held at the University of Miami this year.

Joan Price

  • Her book, Naked at Our Age: Talking out loud about senior sex, was selected by the AASECT Awards Committee as the 2012 Book Award winner.
    Awarded the Outstanding Self-Help Book Award by the Society of Journalists and Authors.

Bill Taverner

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