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Ageing well – Intimacy, sex and relationships in later life: Evidence Review (chapter two)

Published: 14/09/2021

Author: Hafford-Letchfield T


This chapter provides an overview of the diversifying and emergent needs of a new generation of older people in relation to sex, intimacy and relationships, and the significance of these in later life. It explores the role of adult social care in supporting and enabling relationships among older adults in receipt of services, as well as the implications for practice. Key issues relating to the intersections of gender identity, sexuality, race, ethnicity and culture are explored.

It will be of interest to practitioners, residential care managers, older peoples’ service managers, strategic decision-makers and planners responsible for the design and procurement of sexual health provision for older adults, and/or LGBTQ+ support services for older adults.

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