Sexual Health in Later Life. WaIz TH, Blum NS. Lexington, Massachusetts. Lexington Books, D. C. Heath and Company, 1987, 124 pages, softcover, $9.95.
This ten-chapter book presents a very thoughtful perspective of the social, psychological, and physical factors which influence the expression of sexuality in the older adult. The issues addressed include an explanation of the continual need for sexual activity, the aging mind, the aging body, and physical response, as well as the effects of chronic illness and medical treatment on sexuality.
In addition, this book includes material which focuses on maintaining personal sexual health, and the influence of the family and the institutional environment upon the expression of sexuality in later life. The final chapter deals with same sex relationships which include die psychosocial problems encountered by the older homosexual. In addition, it describes the ramification that results from the differences in survival rates of the sexes.
The authors state that this book was written principally for older adults and for those who share in their lives. Even though this book was not written expressly for any identified group of health-care providers, it contains useful material regarding the problems, adjustments, and die importance of sexuality in the lives of the older adult. The authors' presentation of a holistic perspective about sexuality provides genuine insightful material which could be very useful to those nurses and other health-care providers who have the primary responsibility for providing comprehensive sensitive, understanding care to the older adult.