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Running Head: Sexuality and the Elderly1James JohnCHFD220Professor FrancisFebruary 14th, 2018
Sexuality and the Elderly2Sexuality & The ElderlyThe media uses sexuality as one of many means to speak to the intended audience and todraw attention to goods and services. Sexuality is a crucial portion of one’s personality no matterthe age. There are many myths associated with the elderly and sex, mostly the lack of as ageincreases. Society has preconceived notions of the elderly and sex, or their lack of. “Love, sex,and the desire for intimacy are important throughout the lifespan. Perceptions as to the nature oflove change over time, however. In a study of men and women, ranging in age from 18 to 94,found that with the passage of time, older people came to feel that it is love, not sex, which reallymatters. Sex may be desirable, but love is essential” (Hatfield, 2015).While aging, livingconditions and health issues can play a role in limiting sexual ability, elderly couples are stillsexually active.A simple search of media portrayals of the elderly and sex will result in a plethora ofcartoons, jokes regarding the aging body or medications to eliminate problems in the bedroom.Most depictions of the elderly trying to maintain sexual interest tease at the facts of one partbeing uninterested. Hartifled (2015) notes, “a variety of common myths about aging, love, andsexuality: older people are not attractive, they do not desire romantic love or sex, and in any caseare physically incapable of sexual activity. Gerontologists observe that such myths may have apernicious effect: they make it difficult for older adults to seek the love and sexual fulfillmentthey desire.” The medium I found shows a cartoon elderly couple joking about dealing with

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