Grace Smedley is an education instructor in nursing at Lakeshore Rehabilitation Complex in Birmingham, AL.
Addressing Sexuality in the Elderly
Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
1991 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 16, Issue 1, pages 9–11, January-February 1991
How to Cite
Smedley, G. (1991), Addressing Sexuality in the Elderly. Rehabilitation Nursing, 16: 9–11. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.1991.tb01164.x
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 3 SEP 2012
Many social myths and stigmas surround sexuality in the elderly and may account for society's and the medical profession's often ignoring sexuality in these older citizens. Rehabilitation nurses who deal with clients of any age with altered sexual needs should be especially sensitive to the fact that sexual assessment and counseling are very important elements in the rehabilitation process for the promotion of optimum functioning.