In fact, satisfaction increased with age: The oldest women in
the study were nearly twice as likely as the youngest participants
to report being “very satisfied” with their sex lives. And the
oldest and youngest women were equally satisfied with their
ability to reach orgasm.
Working with other health-care professionals and using
psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy and other
techniques to supplement medical approaches, psychologists
Psychologists are working as
part of health-care teams to
help older adults keep their
sex lives going strong.
BY REBECCA A. CLAY
are helping ensure that people continue to have healthy, safe
and satisfying sex lives regardless of their age. They’re helping
older people overcome erectile dysfunction, menopause
symptoms and other potential barriers to satisfying sex. And
they’re guiding survivors of prostate cancer, breast cancer
and other conditions that often accompany aging in efforts to
regain their sexuality.