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Why Good Sexual Health Is Crucial for Seniors

By Nancy Delwaide, 9:00 am on

Health concerns often arise during the senior years, and it is important for older adults to take charge of their sexual health. Though it is understood that seniors can benefit from having a partner as they advance in age, being proactive about their health can help them get the most from their sexual relationships. The senior care experts at Oakville Home Care Assistance discuss the importance of maintaining good sexual health past age 65.

Emotional Benefits of Having a Partner

Companionship becomes increasingly important in the senior years. For this reason, seniors who connect sexually with their partners find they enjoy a greater sense of wellbeing that helps relieve stress. Caring for someone else can also take a senior’s mind off of his or her own problems while providing a sense of purpose.

Managing Changes in Sexual Functioning

Although seniors may have more time and interest to focus on pursuing sexual relationships than they did when they were younger, their bodies may not be up to the task. Luckily, there are many treatment options available to help seniors manage issues such as erectile dysfunction and a loss of libido. Exploring new techniques and treatments gives seniors the opportunity to enjoy their sexual relationships again.

Understanding Risk Factors for STDs

Seniors who live alone have the advantage of connecting with new partners in their community and beyond through online websites. However, each new partner also brings potential exposure to sexually transmitted diseases. Because many STDs are becoming antibiotic resistant, catching one can affect a senior’s whole body. Seniors need to be honest with their physicians and tell them about any new sexual partners so they can arrange for the appropriate testing.

Physical Health Advantages

Seniors who are sexually active have an enjoyable way to stay physically healthy. Sexual activity helps burn calories, and it also releases endorphins that relieve pain. However, seniors should be cautious about overworking themselves and never take medications designed for sexual functioning without a doctor’s approval. By focusing on staying sexually active with the right mindset for good health, seniors can get the most out of their personal relationships.

For more information on senior health and wellness, reach out to Home Care Assistance of Oakville. Our expertly trained caregivers are available 24/7 to assist with exercise, provide transportation to medical appointments, offer social stimulation and emotional support, and assist with a wide variety of everyday tasks. In addition to respite and live-in care, we also offer comprehensive stroke, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s care Oakville seniors can count on. To learn more about our elder care services, call one of our experienced Care Managers at (905) 337-1200 today.