Counseling geriatric patients about opportunity and risk when ‘digital dating’

Baby Boomers represent a rapidly growing segment of digital device users.1 As these people age, their continued, even increasing, use of the Internet can be expected.1 At the same time, many older adults (age ≥65) are engaged in intimate relationships and regard sexuality as an important part of life.
At this intersection, the Internet is likely to play a role in geriatric sexuality and “digital intimacy”—in that older adults can adopt patterns of using online dating sites similar to what their younger counterparts engage in.

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