I'm pleased to be on a panel of experts on Elders and Sexuality: The Evolution of Desire in the Later Years: A Public Panel on Sexuality and Aging, Thursday evening July 26, 2007 6:30pm-8:30pm at Laguna Grove Care, 624 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, sponsored by Pacific Institute and the California Institute of Integral Studies. Here's the panel description:
How do cultural values and institutional settings affect the social value placed on sexuality among the elderly? What are the sexual needs and expressions among our elders? And what is the potential and possibilities of sexual expression later in life? Join us for a public panel that will explore such topics as:
* Facts and Fictions of Sexuality and Aging
* Addressing Cultural Challenges and Affirming Sexual Needs
* Sexuality in Residential Care Facilities: Philosophies from the Pacific Institute Perspective
* Transcendent Sex in Later Life: Experiencing Spiritual Awakenings through Sexual Expression
Dr. Liz Macera is the Co- director of the Gerontological Nursing Program at UC San Francisco. Dr. Macera is currently working on a grant funded research project on intimacy issues in assisted living environments, where she will be interviewing AgeSong residents for the data collection for this research.
Joan Price is the author of “Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty” and an advocate for ageless sexuality. She was interviewed about senior sex and dating on ABC Nightline. Joan's mission is to change society's view of sex and aging, one mind at a time. One of Joan's blog readers called her "the beautiful face of senior sex, who shows up whenever the age group is ridiculed."
Dr. Nader Robert Shabahangi, is current President and Co-Founder of EHI and President and Founder of the Pacific Institute. A licensed psychotherapist with a Ph.D from Stanford University, Nader is a leader, trainer, and writer on applying the Existential-Humanistic approach to the treatment of elderly in the United States and Europe.
Moderator: Elizabeth Shaver,PhD cand. MFT, is a psychotherapist specializing in sexuality, trauma, and relationship issues. A researcher and adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, she has been a professional trained in the field of Holistic Sexuality, working with victims of sexual abuse and sexual offenders. She contributed to Dr. Jenny Wade's seminal research on transpersonal sexual experiences in Transcendent Sex: When Lovemaking Opens The Veil.