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Canoodles…A recent study by the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University found that residents at many assisted-living facilities are often denied their rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies and the attitudes of staff and administrators. Among the chief concerns: safety and security.
However, the issue of nursing home sex is not new. RiverSpring Health, the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, New York, has had a sexual expression policy in place since 1995. They didn’t respond to my request for demographic information, however, their website says that consensual, intimate relationships among residents should be celebrated and encouraged instead of being forbidden and frowned upon.
Employees are taught not to be judgmental or to bring religious, cultural and personal beliefs to work with them. They are instructed on how to help residents’ consummate relationships in a safe, private setting. Rooms are arranged to accommodate sexually active residents, and staff sometimes do things like put a “do not disturb” sign on the door.
Cuddles…For those who don’t have someone to cuddle-up with, consider hiring a certified professional. You can book a one hour session for $80 at http://cuddlist.com.
Medical Marijuana…In states that allow it, more and more assisted living communities are treating patients who have Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia with medical marijuana. Behavior management is one reason to do so. The other…there is preliminary evidence tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and additional compounds present in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers have found that high levels of amyloid beta were linked to cellular inflammation and increased rates of neuron death. Exposing the cells to THC decreased amyloid beta protein levels and eliminated the inflammatory response from the nerve cells caused by the protein, permitting the nerve cells to survive.