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Sexuality in Midlife

Summary of Symposium

The Kinsey Institute's symposium, Sexuality in Midlife, April 29 - May 2, 1999, Indiana University, brings together experts from various disciplines and areas of expertise who share a common interest in sexuality and aging with the purpose of fostering cross-disciplinary dialog and suggesting future directions for research, education, and policy. In order to enhance dialog and maximize productivity, the format used is that of an invitational meeting.

Sessions include:

  1. Sexuality Education in Midlife and Beyond;
  2. Sexuality and Relationships as People Age;
  3. Impact of Aging on Sexuality;
  4. Sexuality as a Quality of Life Issue and Implications for Public Policy; and
  5. Current Health Care Coverage Related to Sexuality.

A number of issues raised at the meeting involve conflicting evidence at the present time and, hence, a confused picture for health educators, health practitioners, and the general public. A key aim is to resolve such conflicts and reach a consensus that will be of value in health education and its implementation.

The papers presented at the meeting and edited transcripts of the discussion will be included in a joint Kinsey Institute/SIECUS monograph, part of The Kinsey Institute Series published by Indiana University Press.

The symposium is jointly sponsored by The Kinsey Institute and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). It is partially supported by a grant from The Ford Foundation.

Scroll down to see a description of the program and a list of participants.


Session 1: Sexuality Education in Midlife and Beyond
Focuses on issues of educating aging adults with respect to sexuality issues. Questions to be addressed include: Is there a need for sexuality education in midlife and beyond? What messages should be communicated? What are the various means that can be used to address target audiences? What lessons learned from educating young people about sexuality can we apply to adult sexuality education? How are the issues related to educating adults about sexuality different from educating youth?

Session 2: Sexuality and Relationships as People Age
Focuses on issues of sexuality within the context of relationships (including committed and noncommitted relationships, heterosexual and homosexual) as people age. Questions to be addressed might include: What do recent studies tell us about changes in sexuality and relationships as people age? How do different types of relationships compare? How do changes in sexual patterns relate to satisfaction with sexual relationships as people age? How are changes in sexual functioning with age handled within the relationship context?

Session 3: Impact of Aging on Sexuality
Focuses on the effect the aging process has on sexuality among heterosexual and homosexual individuals. Questions to be addressed include: How is sexual functioning affected by age? How do people adjust to changes in sexual functioning? How is sexual satisfaction appraised in light of any changes in sexual functioning?

Session 4: Sexuality as a Quality of Life Issue and Implications for Public Policy
This session focuses on sexuality as a quality of life issue and will include discussion of implications this view may have for public policy. Questions to be addressed include: What can we learn from work examining sexuality as it related to quality of life that may be relevant to the aging process? How does the view that sexuality is an aspect of life quality affect views on sexuality education for aging adults and issues such as insurance coverage for services and medications related to treatment of sexual dysfunction?

Session 5: Current Health Care Coverage
This session focuses on issues related to insurance and health care coverage related to sexuality and sexual health in aging adults.

Symposium Participants

Dick Atcheson, Executive Editor
Modern Maturity/AARP
601 E. Street, NW, Washington, DC  20049
Ph: (202) 434-6883; Fax: (202) 434-6841

John Bancroft, M.D., Director
The Kinsey Institute
Morrison Hall 313, Bloomington, IN  47401-3700
Ph: (812) 855-7686; Fax: (812) 855-8277

Diane Brashear, Ph.D., Consultant
10431 Spring Highland Drive, Indianapolis, IN  46290
Ph:	(317) 705-0992; Fax:	(317) 705-0994

Joe Catania, Ph.D.
Prevention Sciences Group
University of California San Francisco, 74 New Montgomery St., Suite 502
San Francisco, CA  94105
Ph: (415) 597-9161/9100; Fax: (415) 597-9125

Susan D. Cochran, Ph.D., M.S., Professor
Dept. of Epidemiology, Box 951772
UCLA School of Pubic Health, Los Angeles, CA  90095-1772
Ph: (310) 206-9310; Fax: (310) 206-6039

Jill M. Cyranowski, Ph.D., NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic
3811 O'Harra Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15213
Ph: (412) 624-2451; Fax: (412) 624-9155

Dan Daley, Director of Public Policy
1711 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 206, Washington, DC  20009
Ph: (202) 265-2405; Fax: (202) 462-2340

Diane Di Mauro, Ph.D.
Sexuality Research Fellowship Program, SSRC
810 Seventh Avenue, 31st Floor, New York, NY  10019
Ph: (212) 377-2700; Fax: (212) 377-2727

Marian Dunn, PH.D., Director
Center for Human Sexuality
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry
SUNY - Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY  11203
Ph: (718) 270-1750; Fax: (718) 270-3887

Mac Edwards, Editor
130 West 42nd St., Suite 350, New York, NY  10036
Ph: (202) 819-9770; Fax: (292) 829-9776

Linda Fisher, M.D., MPH, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
St. Louis University School of Medicine
111 S. Meramec, St. Louis, MO  63105
Ph: (314) 854-6414; Fax: (314) 854-6435

Cynthia Graham, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Psychology 358, Indiana University
Bloomington, IN  47405
Ph: (812) 855-9782

Debra Haffner, MPH, President and CEO
130 West 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY  10036
Ph: (212) 819-9770
Fax: (212) 819-9776

Lana Holstein, M.D., Medical Director
Canyon Ranch Health Resort/Spa
Assoc. Clin. Prof., U of Ariz. Sch of Medicine
8600 East Rockcliff Road, Tucson, AZ  85750
Ph: (510) 749-9000 x 419; Fax: (510) 749-7766

Erick Janssen, Ph.D., Associate Scientist
The Kinsey Institute
Morrison Hall 313, Bloomington, IN  47405
Ph: (812) 855-7686; Fax: (812) 855-8277

Alejandro Jimenez, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar
The Kinsey Institute
Morrison Hall 313, Bloomington, IN  47405
Ph: (812) 855-7686; Fax: (812) 855-8277

Terry Kaelber, Executive Director
305 Seventh Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY  10001
Ph: (212) 741-2447
Fax: (212) 336-1947

Edward O. Laumann, Ph.D.
Ogburn Souffer Ctr for Population & Soc. Org., University of Chicago 
5848 S. University, Chicago, IL  60637
Ph: (773) 702-8691; Fax: (773) 702-4607

Carol McCord, MSW, Assistant to the Dean
Office of Women's Affairs, Indiana University
Memorial Hall E123, Bloomington, IN  47405
Ph: (812) 855-3849; Fax: (812) 855-4869

David Michelson, M.D., Senior Clinical Research Physician
Eli Lilly
Lilly Corporate Center 2423, Indianapolis, IN  46285
Ph: (317) 277-6443
Fax: (317) 277-3262

Christopher Portelli, J.D., Director of Information
130 West 42nd Street, Suite 350, New York, NY  10036
Ph: (212) 819-9770; Fax: (212) 819-9776

June M. Reinisch, Ph.D., Director Emerita
The Kinsey Institute
President, R2 Science Communications
Dept.  of Psychiatry, SUNY 
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 120, Brooklyn, NY  11203
Fax: (718) 373-7879; Email:

Karen Reyes
Modern Maturity/AARP
601 E Street, NW, Washington, DC  20049
Ph: (202) 434-6883; Fax: (202) 434-6841

Meredith Reynolds, Ph.D., SSRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
The Kinsey Institute
Morrison Hall 313, Bloomington, IN  47405
Fax:	(812) 855-8277

Daniel Rozenman, M.D., Visiting Scholar
The Kinsey Institute
Morrison Hall 313, Bloomington, IN  47405
Ph: (812) 855-7686; Fax: (812) 855-8277

Stephanie A. Sanders, Ph.D., Associate Director
The Kinsey Institute
Morrison Hall 313, Bloomington, IN  47405
Ph: (812) 855-7686; Fax: (812) 855-8277

Raul Schiavi, M.D., Emeritus Professor
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Chemin de Roucas Troucas, Vidauban 83550, FRANCE
Ph: 33 494 999 388; Fax: 33 494 997 398

Patricia Schreiner-Engel, Ph.D., Clinical Assoc Professor
OB/GYN & Reproductive Sciences; & Psychiatry
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY  10029
Ph: (914) 265-1001; Fax: (914) 265-4220

Mr. Wayne Shields, President
Assocation of Reproductive Health Professionals
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 350, Washington, DC  20037
Ph: (202) 466-3825; Fax: (202) 466-3826

Ms. Barbara Stanton
Center for Human Environments, Graduate Center of CUNY
133 East 64th Street, New York, NY  10021-7045
Ph: (212) 288-6004; Fax: (212) 628-7298

Michael Stevenson, Ph.D.
Department of Psychological Science
Ball State University, Muncie, IN  47306
Ph: (765) 747-6065
Fax: (765) 285-8980

William L. Yarber, HSD, Professor
Applied Health Science
HPER 142, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN  47405
Ph: (812) 855-7974
Fax: (812) 855-3936

Conference Co-Chairs: 
  Stephanie Sanders, The Kinsey Institute
  Christopher Portelli, SIECUS

Conference Coordinator:
  Sandra Ham, Administrator, The Kinsey Institute
Ph: (812) 855-7686; Fax: (812) 855-8277

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