Join Seniors Blue Book & The Caregiver Support Program, as we explore some of the physical and psychological aspects that effect intimacy as we age. Learn ways to increase intimacy, when sex is no longer an option in your relationship.
PAM MICKENS, MS Long-Term Care Ombudsman | The Senior Source
TANGINIKA-SIMONE CUASCUD VEGA, PHD Clinical Sexologist, Sexual Health Consultant
EMILIJA ROSENTHAL, FNP-C Nurse Practitioner | Prism Health North Texas
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Intimacy refers to a close feeling shared between 2 people, based on knowledge of and familiarity with the other person. It includes emotional, social, and physical intimacy. Our desire for intimacy does not decrease with age, and there is no age at which intimacy, including physical intimacy, is inappropriate.
Physical, emotional and psychological changes that may occur as we age, can interfere with developing and maintaining intimacy in our relationships. Ultimately changing the way intimacy is expressed.It is important to note that sexual intercourse is not the only way that we express intimacy. Behaviors, such as touching, hugging and kissing, trust, respect and compatibility become equally and at times more important as we age.Additionally, intimacy in a relationship, can assist in preventing depression, as well as improve self-esteem and physical health.
We have a great panel of speakers today with expertise in the area of older adults & intimacy.We thank you forjoining Seniors Blue Book & The Caregiver Support Program, as we explore some of the physical and psychological aspects that effect intimacy as we age, and learn ways to increase intimacy in our relationships, especially when sex is no longer an option.
I'd like to share a little about each of our panelists with you.
Pam Mickens will be the moderator for todays program. Pam has been a Long-Term Care Staff Ombudsman in Dallas County for over seven (7) years. The Long-Term Care Staff Ombudsman Program for Dallas County is housed at The Senior Source. Pam advocates for frail, elderly, disabled and residents with mental illnesses in Dallas County nursing home settings.She attended the University of North Texas at Denton where she earned her Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation Counseling. Her background also includes many years in the public & private sectors as a manager of social service programs. Shes a strong advocate for quality services for persons with mental health challenges. Pam is also a proud Great-Auntie of Caleb & Bryson, thanks to her niece Eboni!
Emilija Rosenthal will share her expertise on the physical aspects that affect intimacy. Emilija is a certified family nurse practitioner who specializes in HIV medicine. She received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010. Emilija then worked as a registered nurse for eight years prior to going back and attaining her master of science degree from Texas Womans University. She is about to celebrate her three year anniversary working at Prism Health North Texas.
Dr. Tanginika-Simone Cuascud Vega (Dr. Tangie) will share her expertise on the psychological aspects that affect intimacy in aging adults. Dr Tangie is a clinical sexologist, sexual health educator and surrogate partner therapy facilitator; and founder and principal of Texas Sexual Health in North Texas.She is board certified by the American College of Sexologists, is a member of the World Association on Sexual Health and an ambassador of the American Sexual Health Association.She has been a media commentator and a contributor for several print and online publications and her works about sexual health have been translated and published all over the world.Dr.Tangie is an advocate for sexual rights, including the right to sexual satisfaction, throughout the lifespan.
I want to thank each of our panelists for joining us today. With that I ask Pam to guide you as we continue.
Running is very accessibleit doesn't require any special equipment or a gym membershipwhich is why so many individuals decide to do it. Running can take a toll on the body, especially when the body is not used to the training or the training intensity changes too much in a short period of time. Injuries are more likely to occur when running without the proper warm-up or attire.Listed below are some common injuries that runners may face, as well as signs and symptoms to look out for.Plantar FasciitisThe plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. It supports the arch at the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the fascia tissue that links the heel to the base of the toes becomes inflamed. One of the main symptoms of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel, especially after exercise or first thing in the morning.Achilles TendonitisThe achilles tendon is the band of tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of the leg to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury to the achilles tendon. Symptoms can include a mild to severe ache or pain in the back of the leg or above the heel. Tenderness and stiffness in the morning, which gets better with activity, can also occur.IT (Iliotibial) Band SyndromeThe IT band is a thick band of tissue (ligament) that runs on the outside of the leg; it starts at the hip and extends to the outer side of the shinbone below the knee joint. IT band syndrome occurs when the band of tissue gets swollen and irritated from rubbing against the hip or knee bone. Symptoms can include hip or knee pain, redness, and warmth around the outside of the knee. The symptoms may start after exercise, and as they worsen, you will feel pain during exercise and during rest periods.Runners KneeRunners knee is a dull and aching pain that is felt behind the knee cap, especially where it meets the femur. Symptoms of runner's knee can include swelling, popping or grinding of the knee, and pain around or behind the knee.Ankle SprainAnkle sprains are one of the most common injuries that occur at all ages and at all activity levels. Ankle sprains occur when the ankle ligaments are stretched beyond their limits and tear. Sprains can range from a tiny tear to a complete tear of the ligament. Symptoms of ankle sprains can include swelling, pain, bruising, tenderness, and instability of the ankle.FracturesFractures are breaks or cracks in a bone. There are different kinds of fractures and different severities. Symptoms of fractures can include swelling, bruising, tenderness, or deformity. Fractures can occur in most bones; the most common area for fractures to occur in runners is in the foot or ankle.If you are experiencing any of the conditions or symptoms listed above, please call our office at 239 - 325 - 4090 to schedule an appointment for evaluation.
Often the hardest part of doing something new is getting started, and that's especially true about exercise. This article from AARP makes it easy to get started with the most important exercise to help you age healthy: squats. Five or ten squats are easy to do while you wait for the coffee to brew or the microwave to finish heating.Even when we're healthy we sometimes need a little extra help with the house or errands. Visit our website at www.rosehillathome.com to learn more about how Rose Hill Stay-at-Home Services can help you or a loved one stay in independent and at home.
For many families, the holidays are the only time they have to spend together, and COVID-19 has made that more challenging. Phone calls and emails are great ways to connect with loved ones from afar, but the distance can make it hard to notice changes in a persons appearance or surroundings that could indicate they need help. During socially-distanced, masked visits or on video chat, families should pay attention to: The Condition of the HomeIs it messier or more cluttered than usual?Is there spoiled food in the refrigerator or cupboards?Are bills not being paid on time?Are household goods being put away in the wrong places?The Persons ConditionDo they have unexplained weight loss?Are they wearing clothes that are dirty or inappropriate for the weather?Are they having trouble with toileting or basic hygiene such as showering or brushing their teeth?Have they fallen recently?Do they appear to be off-balance?Are they having difficulty sleeping?The Persons BehaviorsAre they missing scheduled medical visits or telehealth appointments?Are they forgetting to refill prescriptions or take medications as prescribed?Do they seem confused when you talk to them about topics theyd normally understand?Are they exhibiting any personality changes or mood swings?These sorts of deficits could be a sign that they need extra help. At ComForCare Home Care, we understand the challenges that can arise with aging. Home care can help older adults continue to live independently in their own home and do all the things they love. Contact us today to learn more about how we help people live their best lives possible. Please call us with any questions, 720-575-5576.
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