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Sex & intimacy in older people

Aitanga me kauawhiawhitanga ki ngā pēperekōu

older intimacyWe are born with a need for intimacy and this doesn't change as we get older. Being touched, both physically and emotionally, helps to make us feel whole. Some people assume that sexuality reduces as people get older. But this isn't necessarily the case.

Hormonal changes, illness, physical disability or medication side effects may create challenges. But the effects of these can be reduced with the right information and support. The following links provide information about maintaining sexuality and intimacy as you get older.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed October 2022.


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