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Extra-Marital Sex: Sex by the Demented in Nursing Homes
On August 8 2011, I started a thread here titled "Extra-Marital Sex: Spouse of the Demented Marital Partner"
and I got some interesting visitor responses. Today, I would like to switch the topic around a bit to consider extra-marital sex, not by the competent spouse but by the demented spouse living in a nursing home with a sex partner who is also demented. Is this ethical? Is it even legal? Should this activity be prevented by the nursing home? Can the demented still have the capacity to make a decision regarding whether they should engage in sex with another nursing home resident? If one or both are married to a spouse living outside the nursing facility, is it marital infidelity and should be prevented?
To learn a bit more on this subject, the issue was presented yesterday on NPR "All Things Considered". The audio and text is available at NPR .
Bryan Gruley, reporter-at-large for Bloomberg News, talks with Melissa Block about his two-part feature story on sex and nursing home patients with dementia. One key question is whether those with dementia are truly able to consent. How nursing homes deal with this, or not, is increasingly becoming an issue as baby boomers enter nursing homes.
Is such apparently consensual sexual activity between the demented an ethical issue? Is it a legal issue? So, if you were operating a nursing home, what would be your responsibilities in this matter? Would you stop it or allow it to continue, considering it would be humane and even therapeutic? ..Maurice.
Graphic: From Google Images.
Here are the links to the two Bloomberg News articles by Bryan Gruley
Article One Boomer Sex With Dementia Foreshadowed in Nursing Home
Article Two Sex in Geriatrics Sets Hebrew Home Apart in Elderly Care