Hypersexuality among cognitively impaired older adults
Hypersexuality, also referred to in the literature as sexually inappropriate behavior and sexual disinhibition, involves persistent, uninhibited sexual behaviors directed at oneself or at others. For older adults, the literature generally attributes the behavior to biochemical or physiological changes that accompany cognitive impairment—specifically, dementia. Although less common than other behavioral issues, such as aggression and agitation, hypersexuality presents complex logistical and ethical problems for caregivers. This article reviews the current literature on hypersexual behavior. Assessment essentials as well as nonpharmacological and pharmacological treatment approaches are discussed, identifying the need for standardization as well as caregiver education and training.
Kazer, Meredith Wallace and Safer, Meredith, "Hypersexuality among cognitively impaired older adults" (2009). Nursing and Health Studies Faculty Publications. 133.
Wallace, M., & Safer, M. (2009). Hypersexuality among cognitively impaired older adults. Geriatric Nursing, 30(4), 230-237. doi:10.1016/j.gerinurse.2008.09.001.