Its time to end the last taboo of sex and intimacy in care homes

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


A study by a research team for Older People’s Understandings of Sexuality (OPUS), based in Northwest England, involved residents, non-resident female spouses of residents with a dementia and 16 care staff. The study found individuals’ accounts more diverse and complicated than stereotypes of older people as asexual. Some study participants denied their sexuality. Others expressed nostalgia for something they considered as belonging in the past. Yet others still expressed an openness to sex and intimacy given the right conditions.

Period26 Apr 2017

Media contributions


Media contributions


  • dementia
  • sexuality
  • older people
  • care homes
  • staff education