Journal article

Sexuality and ageing in palliative care environments? Breaking the (triple) taboo

Sue Malta, Isabelle Wallach

Australasian Journal on Ageing | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Ageist perceptions continue to constrain the choices available to older adults in terms of their sexual expression. OBJECTIVE: This paper discusses the last stage of life, when older adults may be progressing through a terminal disease, dying and in palliative care environments. Are they (or is anyone, at any age) interested in remaining intimate when they are dying? If yes, how is this interest accepted/facilitated within such environments?. RESULTS: This article does not claim to be definitive, but provides a broad, preliminary sketch of this neglected research area. It suggests that, for many, sexual expression and intimate connection continue to be important until the very en..

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