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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

MICRA hosts Sex and Intimacy in Later Life Project Findings - Community Event and Film Launch

10 October 2017

On Thursday 2 September, MICRA together with Manchester Metropolitan University hosted a community event to mark the release of the project findings from the research of Professor Josie Tetley and Dr Dave Lee around Sex and Intimacy in Later Life.

This event, aimed at the general public and community took place at Withington Methodist Church, where Dave and Josie presented their research: a total of 7,079 people aged 50 to 90+ living in a non-institutional setting had completed a comprehensive Sexual Relationships and Activities Questionnaire (SRA-Q) which was included as part of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) Wave 6 (2012/13) data collection.

Sex and Intimacy community launch event, 28 September 2017
Sex and Intimacy community launch event, 28 September 2017.

Although human sexuality is a universal part of living, stereotypes of older adults commonly ignore the importance of sexuality, and the question of how important sexual activity and fulfilment is to older people with respect to their overall health and well-being continues to be neglected. These stereotypes were examined, with Josie describing the use of them on greetings cards for example.

Dave and Josie and the project findings argue that ageist barriers and stereotypes need to be debunked. Population-based surveys have shown that while many older people over the age of 50 remain sexually active, sexual health remains a concern for men and women beyond the reproductive years and should not be overlooked or ignored.

The event was well attended and the audience enjoyed a lively q&a session after the film screening and presentations.

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