Sexual Wellbeing and Tailored Sexual Health Education for Older Adults

Liza Berdychevsky, Galit Nimrod, and Wendy Rogers

Due to ageist stereotypes, needs of older adults are often neglected by both researchers and healthcare practitioners. The goal of this project is to establish older adults’ needs for sexual health education, to investigate their willingness to adopt technology tools to receive such education, and to develop innovative Internet-based sexual health education messages tailored to their needs. This sequential mixed method study started with in-depth interviews with sexual health experts and older adults and will proceed to a largescale survey. The qualitative findings provide an in-depth understanding of the roles of sex as leisure activity in later life, highlighting its importance, leisurely qualities, and benefits for health and wellbeing.