Older Adult Zone
The number of older adults in the U.S. continues to rise and, along with advancements in healthcare and pharmaceuticals, adults can continue to live vibrant and sexually healthy lives.
According to the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project survey of more
than 3,000 people between the ages of 57 and 85, approximately 75 percent of
people between 57 and 64 reported being sexually active. More than half of
people between 65 and 74 reported being sexually active, and more than a
quarter of those 75-85 reported being sexually active.
And yet, the sexual health needs of older adults are often overlooked. EOI is pleased to partner with retirement communities to support staff in addressing this gap.
RESOURCES for RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES
EOI partners with local retirement communities and works closely with all staff to strengthen the support for healthy sexuality among the residents. Options include:
Training for all staff about how discuss sexuality with older adults
Training on STDs, HIV, and prevention methods
Education about healthy relationships and the “red flags” of an unhealthy relationship
Education about older adults, social media, and online dating
Education about LGBTQ older adults
Education about verbal and non-verbal consent
Assessment of facility policies including staff responsibilities, resident rights, consent, privacy, intervention, nondiscrimination