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S23-301 Sex and the Senior: The Health Professional's Role

Total Credits: 3 including 3 Category I CE

300 Aging |  800 Online
Joanna Frankel, LCSW-C
Course Levels:
3 Hours 15 Minutes



Contrary to popular belief, older adults are still able to engage in sexual activity if they desire. Although uncomfortable to many, this is a very important topic that needs to be addressed with health care professionals and their clients. Oftentimes health care professionals forget that seniors are adults and have the right to engage in sexual activity. However, there are many things to consider, such as cognition, and ethical discussions that need to be conducted This interactive program will offer insight into what seniors are looking for in later years and how to go about approaching and assessing seniors about sex and intimacy.



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Joanna Frankel, MSW, LCSW-C is the Owner of Frankel Care Consulting, and her focus is to guide and educate professionals, individuals, and families through senior life transitions. 

She is a graduate of Towson University with her Bachelor’s in both Psychology and Gerontology.  Joanna obtained her MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work with a clinical concentration and a focus in Aging. Joanna has been working in the long-term care setting for over 20 and is currently focusing on consulting in nursing homes, working with private clients, and supervising and educating others. 


Agenda & Learning Objectives



Registration/Log On 

9:00 – 10:30 


10:30- 10:45    


10:45 – 12:15 

Lecture (Continued) 


Questions & Adjournment 



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate what sex and intimacy means for a senior     

  • Explain the importance of having these discussions with seniors while encouraging other health care professionals to ask the right questions 

  • State examples of what can interfere with sex or intimacy in later years 

  • Identify when a client has capacity and the right to choose to engage in sexual activity 

  • Successfully participate in ethical discussion around sex and seniors 

Bibliography & References


Understanding Asexuality , Bogaert, 2012.

What Every Mental Health Professional Needs To Know About Sex, Buehler, 2014

“Sexual Activity Patterns Before Myocardial Infarction and Risk of Subsequent Cardiovascular Adverse Events”  Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Rothenbacher,, 2015.

Older Women's Sexual Desire Problems: Biopsychosocial Factors Impacting Them and Barriers to Their Clinical Assessment  Maciel & Lagana,  Biomed Research International, 2014.

“Sexuality in older age: essential considerations for healthcare professionals”  Taylor & Gosney, Age and Ageing, 2011.

LGBTQ Older Adults in Long Term Care Settings An Integrative Review to Inform Best Practices.pdf

Housing Discrimination and Persons Identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) | / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

lgbtSeniorHousingreportFINAL.pdf (

 SAGE – Advocacy & Services for LGBTQ+ Elders (

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 3 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $70 and includes CE credit. Registering after July 12, 2023 will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.


*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

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System Requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher; MacOS 9 or higher; Android 4.0 or higher.
  • Internet Browser: Google Chrome; Firefox 10.0 or higher.

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  • Broadband Internet Connection: Cable, High-speed DSL and any other medium that is internet accessible.

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