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  1. Milspaw, Alexandra PhD, MEd, LPC
  2. Brandon, Karen DSc, PT, WCS
  3. Sher, Tracy MPT, CSCS


Sexual function is an integral part of health and well-being. While sexual activity decreases with age, it continues to play an active role in our lives. Most men and women within the geriatric population want to talk about sexuality with their health care professionals but do not want to broach the topic first. Competency in taking a sexual history not only is critical to promoting healthy behaviors and reducing medical risks but also can enhance quality of life if appropriate adaptations are made and recommendations given. Including a routine, respectful, and informed sexual health assessment in the rehabilitation setting is part of providing comprehensive care. This article reviews the importance of sexual health within the geriatric population and concludes with specific guidelines on how to evaluate sexual function.