Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter: 30 Sex Ed Lessons for Adults Only is co-authored by Jan Lunquist, former Vice President of Education with Planned Parenthood West and Northern Michigan.
“Sex isn’t just for the young,” says Lunquist. And she should know. Lunquist served with Planned Parenthood for 35+ years! After decades of educating and counseling mostly young adults, Lunquist is speaking to her contemporaries in the second book she has co-authored.
“Sexuality is a life-affirming gift, meant to be celebrated from birth until death,” says Lunquist. “But as people age, life changes require them to develop new expectations for their sexuality. This manual helps older adults challenge some of the stereotypical messages they’ve learned about sex over the years; and to evaluate what their sexual futures can, and should, be like.”
As the name suggests, the book is a manual of 30 lessons exploring many different areas related to sexual health: from talking to your physician about sex, to looking for love later in life (including exploring online relationships), to the history of sexuality and how things have changed (or stayed the same), and even what jokes tell us about sex as we age.
This is a must read for sexuality educators around the world! The lessons are designed to help educators, trainers, and group leaders who work with older adults facilitate group sessions on the various topics. But individuals and couples will also find the information enlightening and useful, and the exercises fun and eye-opening — especially when working through them together!
Lunquist is delighted that one early reviewer described the manual as "fiercely sex-positive." “Those words capture our intent as authors,” Lunquist said.
“Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter is thoughtful, respectful, inclusive, professional, and utilizes the wisest precepts of adult learning. A MUST for those who work with older adults (like me!).”
—Robert Selverstone, Ph.D., psychologist
“I was struck by the comprehensive content, sensitivity, and inclusive tone. It will surely be an important asset to the field."
—Lis Maurer, M.S., Founding Coordinator, The Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services, Ithaca College
“This book will make you wise about love, sex, and growing older. Use it as a skillful guide through the mysteries of body, mind, heart, and spirit as a reminder that it’s never too late for pleasure."
—Gina Ogden, Ph.D., LMFT, Author of The Heart and Soul of Sex and The Return of Desire
“The largest gap in community sex education is programs for adults in mid and later life. This void has now been filled by Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter. The best resource available for sex education after 40!”
—Barry McCarthy, Ph.D., Author of Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style and Men’s Sexual Health
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