Being sexual in a relationship is part of how we show connectedness and closeness. It can be very comforting and a time to be reassured. It is usually a place where couples are comfortable, even if nothing else is going right. It is something we’ve done for a long time that is pleasurable and makes us feel good. Dementia forever changes the ways in which spouses relate to each other – it changes the behaviors and expectations in relationships that often have been nurtured for many years. The loss of the sexual relationship is a major part of the grief caregivers feel.
- Describe inappropriate sexual behaviors
- Discuss misconceptions about sexuality that increase caregiver stress
- List ways to respond to sexual behaviors
- Identify Texas resident rights for sexuality and intimacy
- List ways to remain intimate
Presented by Hollie Glover, MA, LPC, NCC Director of Education and Family Support services and Jamie Cobb, CAEd, Vice President of Dementia & Caregiving Education -James L. West Center for Dementia Care.
Hosted by James L. West Center for Dementia Care and the North Central Texas Area Agency on Aging. Funded, in part, by Texas Health and Human Services.