1971: The sexuality of aging.
Society's view of the aging person is rarely in phase with that aging person's view of himself. Who among us has the capacity to imagine what it will be and feel like to be aged--when it will be too late to do anything ourselves about how it is and feels except to reach out to another in the same situation? The spark of a new and zestful relationship can literally bring a sense of renewal of life itself to two people previously convinced that life was forever finished. Love, expressed and fulfilled, is in short supply these days. Aging people have as much need and capacity for expression of it as the rest of us--perhaps more. "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being." When physical well-being deteriorates, a heightened sense of mental or social well-being can help to right the precarious balance of remaining days. If a trip to the beauty parlor or a convivial glass of wine at dinner have proved worth their weight in gold for the mental and social health of aging men and women, in what coinage could we measure the value of the greatest of all medications--a warm, loving, intimate human relationship no matter how expressed?
Excerpted from SIECUS Newsletter, Volume 7, Issue 1, October 1971.
Mary S. Calderone, M.D.
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|Title Annotation:||Forty Years of Growing SIECUS on Sexuality and Aging; Sex Information and Education Council of the United States|
|Author:||Calderone, Mary S.|
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