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Introduction

Walter Pierre Bouman and Peggy J. Kleinplatz
ByMoving towards understanding greater diversity and fluidity of sexual expression of older people

Much of the literature on sexuality in older people focuses on sexual problems, leaving

clinicians with the impression that older adults have either dismal or non-existent sex

lives. Sex is assumed to be for the young, beautiful, able-bodied, and heterosexual. Older

people are often perceived and portrayed as post-sexual. Unfortunately, the result of these

negative perceptions is that older people themselves often hold similar self-stereotypes.

Few data are available on “normal” sexuality in older people, let alone the entire spectrum

of sexual expression including optimal sexuality (Kleinplatz, 2008; Kleinplatz et al.,

2013). Few empirical studies have been conducted on the subjective sexual experiences

of older people.