I was really honoured to be featured in the Glasgow Herald recently about a very important issue: sex and dementia. Care Scotland recently launched a press release on this difficult area, and they are advocating for more support for people with dementia who wish to express their sexuality.
“THE College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists would welcome Scottish Care’s report on older people’s sexuality– this is a neglected and taboo area.
People just assume older people don’t have sex or that they shouldn’t be having sex. Even that is hard enough for people to accept in the first place, let alone talking about people with dementia.
Staff want to protect the vulnerable people involved, and at the same time to protect themselves from being seen to be putting residents at risk. That is completely understandable. But that is potentially missing another really important aspect which is people’s right to their own sexuality and sex life.”