As we create our own personal sexual philosophies, it’s important to think about our perceptions related to the elderly and sexuality. In some cultures, it’s common to fail to recognise that as we age, we are still sexual beings.
Processing all of the information and ideas in this course can lead to a lot of different emotions. Each week, to help with this, you’ll complete a reflective journal assignment.
This assignment should focus on your personal feelings and reactions to the materials taught or covered in the textbook, reflection on previous or current experiences, and exploration of your future choices.
Avoid summarising the content of the module or making generalisations about other people. Instead, reflect on how your own experiences are related to the topics covered in the module. While you need to address the journal prompts below, you should also think about other material and ideas that have been presented and write about them as you see fit.
You are not required to reflect on all of the topics covered in the module.
As this paper is an exploration of your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and values, write the paper in the first person. These papers are confidential and will not be seen by anyone other than the instructor.
Successful completion of this activity meets Module Outcomes 4.
This activity aligns with the career competency of critical thinking.
Journal Prompts (please answer both):
Sex in the elderly is often looked upon with amusement or disgust, more so in women than in men.
What are the evolutionary reasons for this?
At what age (or physical condition), if any, do you consider sex disgusting?
Would you like to be sexually active at 60? 70? 80?
What are the various barriers elderly people face in maintaining sexually intimate and active lives. How would you suggest some of these barriers might be removed?
While reflecting on the materials covered in this module and exploring your personal reactions, values, and feelings, the following questions may help you to get started. You do not have to answer all of these questions.
What did you find interesting or exciting? Why?
What surprised you? Why?
What shocked you? Why?
What made you feel uncomfortable? Why?
What did you unlearn? (“Unlearn” implies finding out that something you previously thought true was wrong.)
What are you still wondering about?
How does this information relate to your past, present, and/or future?
How might this information impact your life?
Which of the aspects/circles of sexuality do you think has the most impact on your life?
Please be sure to check spelling and grammar before you submit your work. APA formatting is required. Check the Psychology Reflection Rubric to be sure you are earning maximum points.
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