2008-06-13 / Community

'Sex And Seniors' Seminar Set For June 25

Beth Abraham Health Services' Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) Program, a member of the Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, is offering a free workshop entitled "Sex and Seniors: Living Well in the Golden Years" on Wednesday, June 25, 2008, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1821 Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway. The workshop is being held to help address a growing problem among senior citizens - the rise of HIV/AIDS cases and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) in people over the age of 50.

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that many older adults are having sex well into their 70s and 80s. Consequently, a study conducted by the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project found that HIV cases have risen 500 percent among people over 50 in the last ten years.

In Queens alone, the New York State Department of Health reported late 2007 that of the 19.2 percent of newly diagnosed AIDS cases, 19.6% of people living with HIV and 33.6 percent of people living with AIDS are persons ages 50 and above.

"The statistics are very alarming," said Donna Mondestin, ADHC program director. "We hope that through this free workshop, we can help answer questions, correct some misconceptions and help seniors enjoy an active sex life in a healthy and safe manner."

Attendees will learn how to stay safe and healthy while enjoying their twilight years. Topics include diseases or health problems that affect sexual functioning, risks for STDs and how to avoid them, and the variety of resources available for individuals affected with STDs.

Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, please call 718-868- 6600.

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