Intimacy And The Elderly

Intimacy refers to a strong feeling between two people, which is based on knowing the other person and to be familiar with it. Included are emotional, social (due to common experiences) and physical intimacy (z. B. touching, fondling, intercourse).

The desire for intimacy increases with age not decrease, and there is no age at which intimacy, including physical, is inappropriate. However, the diseases and emotional changes that often occur with aging, developing and maintaining an intimate relationship can interfere. Aging can also the way change is expressed in the intimacy.

Intimacy refers to a strong feeling between two people, which is based on knowing the other person and to be familiar with it. Included are emotional, social (due to common experiences) and physical intimacy (z. B. touching, fondling, intercourse). The desire for intimacy increases with age not decrease, and there is no age at which intimacy, including physical, is inappropriate. However, the diseases and emotional changes that often occur with aging, developing and maintaining an intimate relationship can interfere. Aging can also the way change is expressed in the intimacy. Intimacy, especially physical intimacy may be lost for the following reasons: loss of a partner: the loss or absence of a partner is probably the most common age-related obstacle to intimacy. Diseases: Several diseases that are more common with aging can interfere with physical intimacy. Vascular diseases and diabetes can cause erectile dysfunction; Arthritis may restrict movement and make it painful. Pain, discomfort, medication and concerns that are associated with a disease can dampen the desire for intimacy. A moderate to severe cognitive impairment makes it difficult to consent to and well-being during intercourse. The stress and the demands of care may interfere with the intimacy of the partners. Medication use: Older people take more medications (. Eg antihypertensives, psychotropic drugs) that can lead to problems with intimacy (. Eg erectile dysfunction, decreased libido). Age-related changes: drop the Sexualhormonspielgel, resulting in changes (. Eg vaginal atrophy, decreased vaginal lubrication), making intercourse uncomfortable or difficult. Libido may decrease. Refusal to talk about the effects of aging if older people develop a problem that interferes with the physical intimacy, or if they are the changes their bodies are embarrassed (. Eg wrinkles, sagging tissue), it may be that they are using partner or with a medical professional who u. U. solutions might suggest not want to talk about these changes. Discrepancy between the expectations of partners: A partner of the other hand, can require certain physical expressions of intimacy, do not. Lack of privacy: Older people who live with relatives or in a long-term care facility, have less opportunity to privacy, which is necessary for physical intimacy. Switching to other forms of intimacy Some couples get used to other forms of intimacy (z. B. caressing, massaging, kissing, verbal expression of affection) expressing familiarity, caring or commitment to their partners. Still, many older people continue to have a healthy sexual relationship. Intimacy, especially physical intimacy can help prevent depression and improve self-esteem and physical health. If older people have a new sexual partner, they should practice safe sex. Sexually transmitted diseases, incl. AIDS, represent a risk, regardless of age, and should be safe sex measures with older patients discuss. Many elderly, especially people living alone find satisfaction and a sense of camaraderie in the relationship with a pet. to care for the pet, can give people a sense of meaning and connectedness.

Health Life Media Team

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