UMN Medical School Research Aims to Understand Senior Sexuality

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A new research push by the University of Minnesota Medical School is hoping to better understand the sexual behavior of seniors. While there is currently a large volume of academic research on the sexuality of adults during their reproductive years, there is virtually nothing when it comes to seniors. “Sexuality beyond the reproductive years has not been studied,” says Eli Coleman, director of the Program on Human Sexuality, in an interview with the Star Tribune. “We’re living longer, but there’s very little research about what would help people maintain or restore their sexual lives as they age.”

The program is aiming to raise $10 million to support the initiative which includes the professorship of the academic study of sexuality and aging.


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