Intimacy in the Elderly


Intimacy in the Elderly



This lesson covers all the different types of intimacy, health benefits associated with intimate relationships, and intimacy among people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Caregivers learn the importance of preserving their clients’ dignity—while also protecting them from themselves and others.

  • Define intimacy.
  • Give at least three examples of age-related changes that may become barriers to intimacy.
  • List at least four types of intimacy that can take place within different relationships.
  • Discuss any special considerations that must be given to clients with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease as it relates to intimacy.
  • Demonstrate ways to encourage many types of healthy intimacy during daily work with clients.


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