2016 Gero-Ed Track

The 2016 Gero-Ed Track, supported by the CSWE Gero-Ed Center and the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW), is one of 40 tracks at the 2016 CSWE Annual Program Meeting which will be held November 3–November 6, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gero-Ed Track Kick-Off Event—Sex and Intimacy After 60: Ethical and Practical ConsiderationsOlder Couple in Love

       Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
       Time: 10:30 am-11:30 am
       Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, International 4

Today’s older adults present vastly divergent understandings of sexuality, depending upon the time period in which they were raised. This kickoff will explore this diversity and examine ethical considerations, especially as related to individuals with dementia, that influence late-life sexuality and inform social work practice with older adults.   The distinctive challenges confronted by LGBT elders and by those living in long-term care facilities will be considered. Finally, practical considerations such as age-related changes in sexual response and activity, adaptive devices designed to enhance sexual experience and accommodate physical limitations, medication side effects, the risk of sexually transmitted disease, and strategies for talking about sex with older adults will be discussed.  1 CE hour available through the Approved Continuing Education Program offered by CSWE (CE registration required).​

Presenter Information

Amanda Barusch holds professorial appointments in social work at the University of Utah and the University of Otago (New Zealand). An award-winning teacher, she has authored or co-authored seven books. Her most recent publication, Love Stories of Later Life, was published by Oxford University Press. Reviews have lauded its “new and profound insights,” described the book as “delightful, hopeful and inspiring,” and praised its “major contribution to breaking down stereotypes of what it means to grow old.” Amanda’s other writings on sex and intimacy have appeared in the Geriatric Care Journal, A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging, and Social Work Today. 

Amanda is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and a recipient of the AGE-Social Work Leadership Award. She completed her BA in psychology at Reed College; her MSW and PhD at the University of California, Berkeley; and her MFA at the University of Utah.