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Sexuality in older persons 

Sexuality in older persons
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Sexuality in older persons
Author(s):

Marcello Maggio

, Fulvio Lauretani

, and Gian Paolo Ceda

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198701590.003.0149
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date: 24 August 2019

Sexuality is defined as the dynamic outcome of physical capacity, motivation, attitudes, opportunity for partnership, and sexual conduct. Sexual health in older persons is a topic deserving increasing interest and attention for both a public audience and physicians. Over half of people over 65 years of age, report sexual dysfunction, women more so than men. Since sexual health is dependent on general health and can be considered a mirror of general health, its assessment should be part of the routine clinical assessment, even in older subjects. However, asking about sexual health especially in older persons is often a difficult or embarrassing task for many primary care physicians. In addition, many patients find difficult to raise sexual issues with their doctor. Early recognition of sexual symptoms is the first step to starting multimodal treatments aimed at improving sexual health and related quality of life in older persons.

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