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Sexuality in old age is not limited to the consummation of the sexual act

"Although affective and physiological changes observed, the feelings and sensations do not degenerate"

 
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Studies indicate that the sexuality of older people is one of the aspects of aging that most suffers prejudice
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Studies indicate that the sexuality of older people is one of the aspects of aging that most suffers prejudice

Although affective and physiological changes observed in old age, feelings and sensations do not degenerate, implying the continuous experience of sexuality, despite interference that may cause disease, says the nurse Danielle Lopes de Alencar. In his master's research factors associated with the exercise of sexuality of older people, held at the Graduate Program in Nursing, she interviewed 235 seniors enrolled in courses at the University for the Third Age (UnATI) Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE). The work relied on the guidance of Professor Ana Paula de Oliveira Marques.

Studies show that the culture of asexuality of the elderly, the widows, the standard of the young beauty, the presence of chronic diseases, use of drugs and changes in the physiology of the individual are factors that affect sexuality, explains Danielle. She correlated the exercise of sexuality (thinking about sex, which is when you have desire for sex, sexual activity and autoerotização) the sociodemographic, health status and self-perceived body image. Among the respondents, 51.5% reported thinking about sex, although 71.1% said they were indifferent to sexual desire, 32.3% said they had sexual activity, and 23% said autoerotização conduct.

Linked to Dean of Extension (PROEXT), the UnATI existed since 1996 and offers courses on subjects as diverse as psychology and family, laboratory memory, deconstruction of old age, psicoenvelhecer, building health, nutrition and aging, yoga, the initiation Portuguese language, literacy, Spanish, English, Italian, embroidered ribbons, Renaissance and knitting. As there were more women than men enrolled in classes during the research period, the first half of 2012, sampling was proportional, including 224 respondents and 11 respondents. Interestingly, seniors who were physically active had less likely to think about sex and sexual activity.

Recent studies indicate that the sexuality of older people is one of the aspects of aging that is discriminated against more often regarded as a period of asexuality and waivers, the elderly should reserve their time to adopt the role of grandfather and grandmother, repressing wants and desires in the sexual says Danielle. According to her, sexuality must be understood not only by sex but also by feelings of love, affection and companionship. Sexuality is part of human life, being present at all stages of development, from birth to death, the nurse concludes.

Another aspect that should be taken into consideration is the increased incidence rate of cases of AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases in the Brazilian population aged 60 or more. The idea underestimated risk for this age group reflects the prejudice and marginalization of sexuality of older people, finds Danielle. Therefore, the promotion of sex education for older and health education, an important tool in the professional practice of nursing, must take into account this reality. The goal is to address the specifics of sexuality at this stage of life, as it changes, but not extinguished, as indicated by the masters research nurse.

Source: UFPE
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