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New report addressing intimacy in later life launched on Valentine’s Day

(16 February 2017)

The Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA), Manchester Metropolitan University and think-tank, the International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), have analysed data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing to examine difficulties with sexual activities and function, attitudes towards sex and details about the current sexual partners of over 50s. This work also builds on collaborative work with Dr Sharron Hinchliffe at the University of Sheffield. 

The report concludes that not enough is being done to ensure that older people have access to good sexual health care and support. 

"We know that positive sexuality and intimacy throughout the life course is linked to higher levels of happiness and well-being – irrespective of age,” said Dr David Lee, Research Fellow at The University of Manchester. “Older people have a right to good sexual health care and should be able to easily access joined up services to help them meet that goal.”

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The Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, which includes MICRA, also held its Ageing Conference this week, bringing together a wide range of influential regional leaders, world-leading academics and community sector innovators to discuss prospects for building an age-friendly city-region.