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Breaking the Stigma: Empowering Sexuality and Aging


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Breaking the Stigma: Empowering Sexuality and Aging with Dr. Regina Koepp, Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist, Founder of the Center for Mental Health & Aging & Lead Medical Psychologist at University of Vermont Medical Center




There is a common misconception that older adults are no longer interested in or capable of having sex. Studies show that more than 50% of men and 30% of women among 1000 adults surveyed aged 65-80 are sexually active. The vast majority of older adults in a relationship report being satisfied with their sexual life. Research also indicates that older adults want to discuss their sexual health and how to optimize their sexual functioning.


My guest today is Dr. Regina Koepp, a board-certified clinical psychologist and founder of the Center for Mental Health & Aging. She is also the creator and host of the Psychology of Aging podcast and a contributing writer at Psychology Today and Psychotherapy Networker. She has been featured in the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Katie Couric Media, News Nation, and many other news outlets. Currently, she holds the role of lead medical psychologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. She is also the creator of the only dementia and sexual health certification program in the United States.


As we address these common misconceptions and the negative impact the stereotypes could have on the sexual health of older adults, we are providing accurate information about the sexual health of older adults and promoting healthy sexuality to improve the quality of life for all people. In our conversation, we talk about the frequency of sexual activity among older adults, the benefits of sex later in life, coping strategies for new disabilities or chronic illnesses, how we can be empowered in our sexual expression, and the importance of talking about sexually transmitted infections among older adults. We also discuss dementia and sexuality and how we can improve education and awareness around this topic. We look at how healthcare providers and families can better address the sexual health needs of their older adults and loved ones in their life. Thank you, Dr. Koepp, for the important conversation. I'm so thankful for your work and advocacy for sexual health.


Dr. Regina Koepp shares about:

  • The common misconceptions that older adults are no longer interested in or capable of having sex.

  • The negative impact stereotypes could have on the sexual health of older adults

  • Provides accurate information about the sexual health of older adults and promotes healthy sexuality to improve the quality of life for all people.

  • The frequency of sexual activity among older adults

  • The benefits of sex later in life

  • Coping strategies for new disabilities or chronic illnesses

  • How we can be empowered in our sexual expression

  • The importance of talking about sexually transmitted infections among older adults.

  • Discovering ways to be intimate when we are overcoming health challenges

  • Honoring the grieving process as our body and health can change

  • How intimacy dynamics shift when we are in a caregiving/care recipient role

  • Tips to cultivate intimacy and ways to communicate about sexual experiences

  • Dementia and sexuality and how we can improve education and awareness around this topic

  • How healthcare providers and families can better address the sexual health needs of their older adults and loved ones in their life


Learn more at Center for Mental Health and Aging at www.mentalhealthandaging.com


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About Dr. Regina Koepp


Dr. Regina Koepp is a board-certified clinical psychologist, founder of the Center for Mental Health & Aging, and lead medical psychologist at University of Vermont Medical Center.


She is a sought-after speaker on the topics of mental health and aging, sexual health and aging, intimacy in the context of life altering Illness, and dementia and sexual expression. She is the creator of the only dementia and sexual health certification program in the US.

Dr. Koepp has been featured in the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Katie Couric Media, News Nation, and dozens of other media outlets.

Prior to founding the Center for Mental Health & Aging, Dr. Koepp was an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vice Chair of the Georgia Psychological Association Ethics Committee, and staff psychologist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System where she provided direct patient care and consultation on an Older Adult Outpatient Mental Health team for more than a decade.

Dr. Koepp earned her doctorate at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences where she won the Richard W. Morrell Community Commitment Award.





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