Journal article

Improving the sexual lives of older Australians: Perspectives from a qualitative study

Bianca Fileborn, Anthony Lyons, Sharron Hinchliff, Graham Brown, Wendy Heywood, Briony Dow, Sue Malta, Victor Minichiello

Australasian Journal on Ageing | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Objective To examine older Australian's perspectives on how their sexual lives can best be supported and/or improved. Methods Fifty‐three, semi‐structured interviews were conducted with Australian men (n = 30) and women (n = 23) aged 60 and over. Results Participants identified a range of key issues and areas where their sexual lives could be further supported or improved upon, including normalising the occurrence of sex and sexual desire in later life; increasing and improving on the quality of, cultural representations of older adults; introducing policy, educational and practice‐based changes in age care facilities to support the consensual sexual expression of residents; and ensuring t..

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