Sexuality and the Chronically Ill Older Adult.

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Cultural Diversity in the Professions SUMB10 Sec AQ Instruc ------------------------------------------------- JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW #2 ------------------------------------------------- SEXUALITY AND THE CHRONICALLY ILL OLDER ADULT Tizita Tessema Professor wendy swope nr305 health assessment September 19, 2010 [Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract is typically a short summary of the contents of the document.] Introduction ‘Sexuality and the chronically ill older adult’ is the title of the article. It was published in March 2002 by authors Verna C. Pangman, R.N., M.Ed., M. N.,and Marilyn Seguire, R.N., B.ScN., M.N. It depicts the importance of sexuality in elderly adults. The authors described the societies awareness of sexuality of older adults and how it affects them. The fact that older people encounter a lot of health problems, makes them prone to sexual problems. The authors also mentioned nurse’s role in assessing, providing heath teaching and sexual counseling. In this paper, I summarize the article, present comments on the highlights of the article and suggest where additional research findings would be of use in improving the sexuality of ill elderly adults. Summary of Article A good part of the society believes that older people with illnesses do not have sexual needs because of their changing body image. All those negative attitudes of the society prevented the ill elderly from acknowledging their sexuality as a healthy and important part of life. ‘Sexuality is described as one of the most natural and basic aspects of life that affects an individual’s identity as a human being. Sexual health care is an essential component of overall wellness during one’s developmental life span.

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