◂  February 2020

Sexual Expression in Older Adults with Diminished Capacity Workshop

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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
16500 Southcenter Parkway
SeaTac, WA 98188




Cassi Meritt


Studies show that older adults continue to enjoy intimate relationships throughout their lives.

In fact, sexual intimacy has many benefits for older adults. A recent study revealed that older adults who engage in sexual activity score better on cognitive tests.

Even older adults with cognitive disorders who may experience declines in functioning, often maintain a need for intimate connection.

And, in fact… benefit from intimacy.

This workshop will discuss concepts of human sexuality and sexual self-determination. Intimacy will be defined, and the benefits and risks of intimacy among older adults living with dementia disorders (and diminished capacity) will be reviewed. Complicating factors, such as limits on privacy, hypersexuality, risk of bodily harm and exploitation will be discussed.  The prevalence of sexuality in long-term care settings will be reviewed and include a summary of staff reactions and family reactions to sexual expression of older adults living with dementia in a community/long-term care setting.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own values regarding sexuality, sexuality among older adults, and sexuality among adults living with diminished capacity. Attention will be paid to the role values of all stakeholders play when determining “appropriateness” of intimate connections. Guidelines for determining sexual decision making capacity will be reviewed. Recommendations for including sexual preferences in assessment and care planning will be provided, and there will be review of a sexual health policy from one other long-term care community.

ABOUT: Dr. Regina Koepp is a Stanford trained, board certified Clinical Psychologist, and Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Koepp was also a professor of Gerontology in the Brenau University Masters of Applied Gerontology Program for 5 years. She has been a staff Psychologist at the Atlanta VA Healthcare System for close to 10 years and currently provides direct patient care and consultation on the Gero-Psychiatry Outpatient Mental Health team. She is certified in couples therapy and specializes in older couples.  

Dr. Koepp serves on several national, regional, and institutional committees aimed at enhancing care and services for older adults and their families, as well as providing ethical care. These include the Georgia Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, the Geriatric Mental Health Field Advisory Committee of the VA Central Office in Washington, DC. The Atlanta VA Healthcare System’s Family/Couples Services Committee and Dementia Committee.

As a professor of Gerontology and of Psychology, Dr. Koepp teaches about the psychology of aging, therapy in the context of dementia disorders, family therapy, ethics, multicultural humility, supervision and training, and many other topics. Over the past decade, Dr. Koepp has developed training programs in Gero-Psychology and Complex Medical Problems and has provided in-depth training on the above mentioned topics to medical providers, mental health providers, and community providers alike!

Dr. Koepp recently created the Caring for Aging Parents Show and is passionate about enhancing care and services for older adults and their families! Website: www.drreginakoepp.com

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