Residents' Sexual Needs an Issue for Nursing Homes

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Sex doesn't stop at the nursing home
doors. But many senior living facilities aren't equipped to handle their residents' needs for physical and emotional intimacy.

Researchers at Kansas State University have produced seminars and teaching aids to encourage nursing home caregivers to discuss and accommodate their residents' sexual desires.

The effort brings Kansas into a national discussion that advocates say will only grow as baby boomers age and take their beliefs about sexual freedom and civil rights into the nation's nursing homes.

The solutions can be as simple as ``do not disturb'' signs or arranging furniture so someone who needs physical therapy can still be with his or her companion.

It also deals with staff responding to unwanted sexual advances, especially from residents suffering from dementia.