Nursing 313 Sexuality & Relatiosnships

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Unformatted text preview: Intimacy and Sexuality in Late Life Relationships, Roles and Transitions Nursing 313 Touch Touch is 10 times stronger than verbal or emotional contact Individuals can survive without one or more of other senses but no one can survive and live in comfort without touch Provides emotional and sensual knowledge about other individuals-an unending source of information, pleasure, and pain Everyone has definite feelings and opinions about touch based on his/her own life experience Comfort of touching people depends on location of touch, situation, social status, culture, age Touch Fear of Touch Use of touch involves risk and may be misinterpreted by nurse or patient Older men and women have stated they miss touching and holding of their earlier lives May seek such comfort by sexually provocative behaviors Nurses need not encourage such overt behavior but must be cognizant of underlying feelings of intimacy Intimacy and Sexuality in late Life Nurses sometimes respond negatively to a breach in the status of touch Touch zones-Hall (1969) identifies different categories of touching-expanding or contracting zones around which every individual extends sensory experience of touching, smelling, hearing, seeing Intimate zone Vulnerable zone Consent zone Social zone Zones of intimacy or sexuality 5 Intimacy and Sexuality in Late Life Touch deprivation Tactile hunger becomes more powerful in old age Cause of illness may be greatly influenced by quality of tactile support received Higher death rates more related to quality of human relationships than to degree of cleanliness, nutrition, physical disabilities on which we focus Adaptation to touch deprivation People can survive extreme sensory deprivation as long as sensory experiences of skin are maintained Self-contained stimulation of rocking chair or slowly stroking animals fur or wearing something that provides sensory stimulation Music perceived through skin as well as ears, may be another source of touch stimulation that is self-induced Therapeutic touch Powerful healer and tool that can be used to satisfy touch hunger Can serve as means of providing sensory stimulation, reducing anxiety, relieving physical and psychological pain, comforting the dying, as well as sexual expression Intimacy and Sexuality in Late Life Intimacy Encompasses more than sexuality Relational components: commitment, affective intimacy, cognitive intimacy, physical intimacy, and love and affection Sexuality Includes physical act of intercourse, as well as many other types of intimate activity Components: sexual desire, activity, attitudes, body image, gender-role activity Interrelationship of dimensions of sexuality 8 Intimacy and Sexuality in Late Life Acceptance and companionship Love, warmth, sharing, touching between people, not just physical act of coitus Anything that gives sexual or emotional pleasure,...
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