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Sex and dementia: Can seniors with Alzheimer’s consent to sex?

A U.S. nursing home case shows caregivers are not prepared for the issue

Bryan Gruley, The Ottawa Citizen

At 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Day 2009, nurse Tiffany Gourley was called to a room at the Windmill Manor nursing home in Coralville, Iowa. She found a 78-year-old male resident who had just had intercourse with an 87-year-old woman. The man, a former college professor, was divorced. The woman, a retired secretary, was married. Both had dementia.

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