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  1. Atallah, Sandrine MD, MHM, FECSM, ECPS


Sexual function is distinguished by 4 major determinants: biological, psychological, sociocultural, and the interactions of these with each other. Older adults' experience of sexuality not only varies depending on the aging process but also varies depending on sociocultural factors such as cohort effects, social norms, and attitudes. It seems that cultural factors have a more significant impact on sexual interest. The impact of mixed messages, media, and medications are also important factors that affect the sexual function or dysfunction of the elderly. Clinicians are encouraged to have adequate knowledge on elder's sexuality and attitudes and to be aware of their own personal attitudes and beliefs while giving advice or treating the elderly. Proper training during medical school and specialization are important milestones that may facilitate the task of practitioners and help the elderly seek advice and talk more freely about possible sexual dysfunctions or worries. The biopsychosocial model is a good example to follow that takes into consideration the multifactorial facets of the aging sexuality.