Sexuality in Long-Term Care

Speaker(s): Gayle Appel Doll, M.S., Ph.D.

A diverse menu of teaching methods will be used in this seminar including brief lecture, video, small and large discussion groups, activities and an opportunity to develop a product (a sexuality policy) that can be taken to the long-term care workplace.

Topics addressed include:

  • Fundamental understanding of the sexual and intimacy needs of older adults
  • Staff and family attitudes about sexuality and how they can harm resident autonomy and dignity
  • The effects of dementia on resident sexuality
  • How to manage inappropriate sexual behaviors
  • Special needs for LGBT populations
  • How to develop a sexuality policy

This seminar may be customized for “train-the-trainer” or other select groups, including family members, for instance, focusing on the effects of dementia and intimate relationships.

Seminar length:
1 day

Number of participants:
30-50 recommended, maximum of 100, minimum of 15

Who will benefit from this seminar:
All long-term care staff, including direct care staff, housekeeping, social work, and food service as well as administration. Also suggested for volunteer ombudsmen and state and national regulators, as well as those training for positions and roles in long-term care settings.

Seminar fee:
Starting at $2,500
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Gayle Appel Doll, M.S., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and Director of the Center on Aging in Kansas State University’s College of Human Ecology, where she coordinates and develops research, educational and training programs, and outreach activities on aging. She received her Master’s in Kinesiology and her Doctorate in Life Span Human Development, both from Kansas State University. Dr. Doll teaches gerontology courses at Kansas State University, earning the Commerce Bank award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in 2005. Some of her courses are a part of the Great Plains IDEA distance Master’s program in gerontology, an innovative online degree program managed through Kansas State University that incorporates professors of gerontology from six Midwest universities. Dr. Doll has also headed the PEAK-education team in developing educational materials to advance culture change in long-term care. Supported through the Kansas Department on Aging, the PEAK training modules were created to help long-term care staff to improve the quality of life for frail elders. One of these modules addresses sexuality and older adults. The background research for this work led to her book, Sexuality and Long-Term Care: Understanding and Supporting the Needs of Older Adults.

Dr. Doll’s research has been published in The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships and Activities, Adaptations and Aging. In addition to her published research, she is active in community and state programs that promote successful aging and speaks extensively in state and national forums.


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