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Occupational Therapist

COTA Skills 117
Addressing Sexual Activity of Elders


  • Discuss the ways that values can influence attitudes about elder sexuality
  • Identify primary myths about elder sexuality
  • Discuss how elder homosexuals have been ignored by society
  • Describe normal, age-related, sexual, physiological changes
  • Describe sexually transmitted diseases and the elder population
  • Discuss the treatment team members ’ roles in addressing elders ’ sexual concerns
  • Discuss the ways elders ’ sexuality is commonly dealt with in nursing facilities
  • List the components of the permission, limited information, specific suggestions, and intensive therapy model (PLISSIT), and discuss ways that the COTA can apply this model
  • Identify strategies for elder sexual education
  • List intervention and safety sides for addressing sexual concerns of elders who experience strokes, heart disease, and arthritis
  • Increase personal comfort to discuss elder sexual concerns

Joanne Brown, MS, OT, CHT

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