Bridging the Gap of Age and Awkwardness: Improving Geriatric Sex Education

Improving geriatric sex education is not a common thought for many Americans, but with a quickly growing population it may soon become a common topic for discussion. The geriatric population is the fastest growing population in today’s society; furthermore discomfort, awkwardness, and lack of communication often keep health care providers and physicians from discussing sexual health with their elderly patients. These limitations create a crossroad that impair health care providers from educating their patients about sexual health and addressing concerns the patient might have about their sexuality. The literature points towards a large educational opportunity in improving geriatric sex education as sexual health in geriatrics is a growing concern among many health care fields today. The elderly are not only participating in risky sexual behaviors but are not receiving the quality sexual health education from their health care providers in order to use safe sex practices. Although geriatric sex education is at a crossroads it can move forward through enhanced communication, quality training, and societal change for health care providers, elderly patients, and future generations.

Key words: sexual health, geriatrics, health care providers, education, training