Title

Sexual Function in the Geriatric Patient

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2006

Abstract

Individuals age 65 years or older numbered nearly 36 million in 2003. By 2030, this age cohort is expected to double to nearly 72 million persons in the United States.1 While sexual activity may decline with age and sexual dysfunction tends to increase, a survey conducted in 1969 reported that 68% of men and 30% of women over the age of 60 were still sexually active.2 A recent study in Australia found that more than 55% of women over the age of 70 are still interested in sexual activity.3 This highlights the importance of sexuality in older patients and clinicians being aware of issues influencing both normal and impaired sexual functioning in their older patients. Individuals age 65 years or older numbered nearly 36 million in 2003. By 2030, this age cohort is expected to double to nearly 72 million persons in the United States.1 While sexual activity may decline with age and sexual dysfunction tends to increase, a survey conducted in 1969 reported that 68% of men and 30% of women over the age of 60 were still sexually active.2 A recent study in Australia found that more than 55% of women over the age of 70 are still interested in sexual activity.3 This highlights the importance of sexuality in older patients and clinicians being aware of issues influencing both normal and impaired sexual functioning in their older patients. - See more at: http://www.clinicalgeriatrics.com/articles/Sexual-Function-Geriatric-Patient#sthash.nmYl1z0L.dpuf