Sexuality and Aging and Canadian Perspectives Discussion – Assignment Help

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1. To begin thinking about the topic of sexuality, read the discussion topic below, Sexuality and Aging (an excerpt from Aging in Society: Canadian Perspectives, 8th Edition, 2nd Custom Edition for SSCI 10058, pg. 302-303).

2. Use the following questions as “food for thought” to begin your conversation on the discussion board with your peers. There are many different angles with which you can broach this subject. You don’t have to discuss ‘all angles’ of this topic or answer each question below as it’s bulleted. Just feel free to use these questions as a starting point for discussion and let the conversation on the board direct itself.

You must have ONE initial post and (at minimum) ONE response to someone else’s post. Your post will be approximately 200 words (+/- 50 words) and responses will likely be a bit less. Please note; however, there is not an exact word limit. Think quality over quantity and use the grading rubric. to guide you. You also have the option of submitting an audio file. The audio file can be no longer than 3 minutes in duration (+/- 10 seconds).

Discussion Topic:

Wurtele (2006) concluded that post-secondary students hold a stereotyped view of older adults activities and their sex lives. On the contrary, studies show that the stereotype of the sexless older person has little basis in fact. In reality, most older people have an interest in sex throughout life, and given good health and a partner, older people can (and do) have sexual relations into late old age (Elliottt & Umberson, 2008). Compared with women, men in good or excellent health report the most interest in sex, the most active sex lives, and high-quality sex lives. The gap widens with age. Women tend to stop having sexual relations earlier than men. This reflects the higher rates of widowhood for women in old age. Whether a woman maintains an active sex life or not depends on good health and the presence of an active sexual partner. Being married is key to older women’s continued sexual activity.

Many older couples say that sex is more satisfying now than when they were younger. They feel more experienced, relaxed and enjoy the closeness with their partner. Sexual expression often evolves with age to include other forms of intimacy beyond just sexual intercourse, such as touching, hugging and holding hands. Emotional closeness and companionship often take on greater importance for older couples. Older people can have a satisfying marriage without an active sex life, but research supports the idea that continued sexual activity leads to happiness and well-being for older couples (Watson, Bell & Stelle, 2010).

Kane (2006) states that any sexual behaviour in older people is generally negatively perceived and deemed as unacceptable by the public.

  • Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
  • What are your own perceptions on sexuality in later life?
  • Can you find (and share with the class) any media-related examples that may reinforce either notion of the public’s perception of sexuality?
  • What do you think influences these positive and/or negative perceptions of sexuality in later life?
  • How do our negative perceptions of older adults (and sexuality) affect seniors in later life? And in turn, how can positive perceptions affect seniors?
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