Aging and Sexuality

      The textbook definition of sexuality is the sum of a person's sexual behaviors and tendencies and the strength of such tendencies [
      • Spraycar M.
      Stedman's medical dictionary.
      ]. A more comprehensive definition may be “a complex interplay of needs for intimacy, affection, connection, self-pleasure, self-image, and the individual's context related to gender, ethnicity and community” [
      • Kaiser F.
      Sexual function and the older woman.
      ]. The combination of the ability to enjoy a satisfying sexual relationship and the ability to express one's sexual desires need not diminish with age [
      • Lenahan P.
      • Ellwood A.
      Sexual health and aging.
      ]. Factors that affect the ability to interact with one's sexual partner or engage in any sexual activity fall under physical, psychologic, and cultural domains.
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