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Workshop: Sexualities and Dementia

February 22, 2022
Online via Zoom


Workshop on sexualities and dementia for nurses, support workers, and allied health staff caring for people living with dementia in residential aged care


Sexual expression is a part of life no matter what age we are, and that includes older people living with dementia. In an aged care context, this can be a confronting and challenging issue for service providers and health professionals, who can respond reactively rather than proactively, or may not know what to do. There are beliefs that older people are asexual, and that sexual needs and behaviour is only for those who are 'cognitively intact'. There can also be a lack of regard for non-heterosexual people living with dementia. While there is no one approach to responding to sexual behaviour in people living with dementia, we should empower them in their own decision-making process as much as possible.

Participants who complete this workshop will receive an attendance certificate (3 hours).

Who should attend?

Health professionals working with people living with dementia.

    This workshop will:
  • Focus on building workforce capacity in understanding the concepts of intimacy, sexuality and sexual behaviours, and expression of various types of sexuality (i.e. heterosexual and LGBTI)
  • Discuss the benefits and barriers to expression of sexuality
  • Consider the roles and responsibilities of health care professionals
  • Consider ethical issues.

Cindy Jones
Dr Cindy Jones

Associate Professor

Dr Cindy Jones is an experienced health researcher with a primarily focus on social and behavioural science research relating to older people, particularly the alleviation of behavioural and psychological symptoms in people living with dementia.

Event Schedule
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