A: As we age, our bodies go through changes that affect all aspects of our lives. We cannot always do the same things we did when we were “younger”. We may now need glasses to see or a walker to help with balance. While our bodies change, we maintain a desire for many things, including the desire to maintain intimate connections. This ability to maintain intimate connections is vital to our overall physical and emotional wellbeing. This desire is completely healthy and natural.
Some common interferences with the ability to do so are arthritis, chronic pain, dementia, diabetes, incontinence, heart disease, stroke and depression. If you have any medical concerns about you ability to have intimate connections, speak with you doctor. There are many healthy ways to enjoy intimate connections. Don’t allow yourself to be hung up on the “traditional” path to an intimate connection. Consider new experiences and connecting with others. Importantly, pay attention to your overall health and talk with your partner. Your age should never determine your ability to maintain intimate connections with those who are important to you.
Information provided by Cristin Larsen, director of admissions/marketing, Norwalk Nursing and Rehab, 921 Sunset Drive, 975-5908.