A Review of Sexuality and the Chronically Ill Older Adult: A Social Justice Issue

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This article “Sexuality and the Chronically Ill Older Adult: A Social Justice Issue” is published in the journal Sexuality and Disability and the authors are Verna C Pangman and Marilyn Seguire. The article provides an overview and outline on sexuality in the older adult with a chronic illness. In today’s world, according to Verna C Pangman and Marilyn Seguire, sexuality for the older adult and the elderly is a “taboo” word, and if mentioned, fear and apprehension by the older adult and society develops. The older adult, believe that when they are ill or have a chronic disease process or even disabled they are not able to have lasting relationships, be engaged in sexual activity, and the result is the older adult
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The article suggests that nurses need training, education, and continuing education on how to address sexuality in a chronically ill older adult. In addition, the nurse completing the comprehensive physical assessment tends to ignore or omit taking a sexual history. A sexual history should include some of the following; the older adults needs for meeting sexual desires, role expectations, the reason for sexual concerns.
Doyle, Bisson, Janes, Lynch, and Martin (Doyle D, Bisson D,Janes N,Lynch H,Martin C;, 1999) developed Sexuality Guidelines for their organization. They recognized the fact that community social justice and social responsibility were extremely important for these guidelines.
This article illustrates an extremely sensitive topic about sexuality in the older adult and in the chronically ill adult. The article mentions a number of valid points on sexuality, which is extremely interesting as society and health care professionals tend to ignore this topic. The tradition was that the older adult was not interested in sex and as one got older, they would lose interest in sex and the studies of Matocha and Waterhouse point out that nurses were most likely to ignore the sexual concerns of the patients of any age group. The most recent up to date definition for sexuality indicates that sex and sexuality should not be seen in the same entity, but includes various kinds of
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