Affectivity and sexuality in the elderly: Often neglected aspects

S. Umidi, M. Pini, M. Ferretti, C. Vergani, G. Annoni

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Sexuality and affectivity constitute a complex phenomenon involving many spheres: biological, psychological and social. To investigate these aspects, we distributed a dedicated questionnaire, followed by an interview, to 130 elderly residents in Milan and 100 in Monza. The answers indicated that the elderly communicate their emotions regarding the affective and sexual sphere, with different levels of desire for physical contact. The main variables were sex, age, marital status, co-morbidity and poly-pharmacotherapy, the perception of health status and of oneself, past experiences, cultural conditioning and social factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)413-417
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Affectivity in elderly
  • Sexuality in elderly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Medicine(all)


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