Sexuality in Later Life

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hour

Category: 100 Basic Concepts

Sexuality in later life has long been a taboo topic, rarely discussed and largely unappreciated. While this may be true, we know that older adults can remain sexually active across the later years of life and that sexuality can be an important component of overall life satisfaction. In this module, we will examine the myths and realities of sexuality in later life, explore definitions, facts, and figures, and learn about the physical and psychosocial factors that impact sexuality in later life. We will also look at ways that we can help older adults to continue to express their sexuality with dignity, privacy, and confidence.


Keith Anderson, Ph.D.

Dr. Anderson has a BA from Dickinson College, an MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky.  He is also a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work.  Prior to working as a professor and a researcher, Dr. Anderson worked as a clinical social worker at The Washington Home, a nursing home and hospice located in Washington, DC.

Dr. Anderson's research focuses primarily on the well-being of older adults and their caregivers, understanding and improving quality of life in long-term care settings (such as nursing homes), and death, dying, and bereavement issues.  His teaching focuses on aging, social gerontology, social welfare policy, and bereavement.  Dr. Anderson's work has appeared in a number of professional journals, newspapers, and websites. 


  1. Discuss ways that we can help older adults express their sexuality and continue to remain sexually active in later life.
  2. Explore special populations of older adults and special issues related to sexuality.
  3. Understand how physical and psychosocial changes associated with aging impact sexuality in later life for women and men.
  4. Learn about the myths, facts, and realities regarding sexuality in later life.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 100%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.