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Sex and Intimacy in Later Life Project Findings Community Event

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Withington Methodist Church

439 Wilmslow Road

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Sex and Intimacy in Later Life Project Findings Community Event

28th September 2017

  • Event 12:30 – 3pm with a free networking lunch
  • Withington Methodist Church Hall 439 Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4AN

Human sexuality is a universal part of living but stereotypes of older adults commonly ignore the importance of sexuality, and the question of how important sexual activity and fulfillment is to older people with respect to their overall health and well-being continues to be neglected. Population-based surveys have shown that while many older people over the age of 50 remain sexually active, sexual health remains a concern for men and women beyond the reproductive years. A wide range of physical and psychological health conditions, the drugs used to treat them, and chronic disability can adversely affect sexual activity and satisfaction. From the perspective of successful ageing, an important question is the manner in which transitions in health and sexuality intersect in later life to influence how individuals and couples flourish both physically and mentally.

A total of 7,079 people aged 50 to 90+ living in a non-institutional setting completed a comprehensive Sexual Relationships and Activities Questionnaire (SRA-Q) which was included as part of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) Wave 6 (2012/13) data collection. The aim is to gain insights into the ways in which sexual relationships and activities related to health, wellbeing and other lifestyle factors change as people age.

In this community focused event, Professor Josie Tetley and Dr David Lee will discuss the research findings and policy recommendations of their much publicised Valentine's Day report “How long will I love you? Sex and intimacy in later life”* with think-tank the International Longevity Centre - UK.

The panel and will then explore how the evidence and recommendations can impact on practice and services affecting older people across Greater Manchester. The briefing will include a special pre-screening of a new film about the research aimed at practitioners (approx 8 minutes).

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Josie Tetley - Professor of Nursing (Ageing and Long Term Conditions), Manchester Metropolitan University

David Lee - Reader in the Dept of Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University (formerly University of Manchester)

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