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An integrated literature review on sexuality of elderly nursing home residents with dementia

Authors

  • Kiyoko Makimoto RN PhD,

    Professor
    1. Division of Health Sciences, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Suita, Japan
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  • Hee Sun Kang RN PhD,

    Professor, Corresponding author
    1. Department of Nursing, Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea
    • Correspondence: Hee Sun Kang, Department of Nursing, Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, 221 Heuksukdong Dongjakku, Seoul 156-756, Korea. Email: goodcare@cau.ac.kr

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  • Miyae Yamakawa RN PhD,

    Assistant Professor
    1. Division of Health Sciences, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Suita, Japan
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  • Rie Konno RN PhD

    Adjunct Faculty
    1. Division of Health Sciences, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Suita, Japan
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Abstract

This study presents an integrative literature review on sexuality among elderly people with dementia living in nursing homes. Original research studies published from 1980 to 2012 were included in the review. Sexual expressions ranged from holding hands to sexual intercourse. These behaviours were sometimes directed towards caregivers while the latter were providing daily care. Sexual expressions were sometimes assessed and reported subjectively without context. Responses to sexual expressions varied from positive to negative. Some sexual expressions were dealt with inconsistently, and some were considered to be problematic due to a lack of policy or privacy.

It is important to assess and report sexual expressions objectively, preferably with a standardized form, and to consider context in doing so. Effort is required to provide privacy for residents' sexual expressions and a safe environment for all residents and caregivers. It is important that a policy and guidelines for care be established regarding issues related to sexuality among elderly people with dementia.

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