Older couple engaging in physical intimacy.

Couples living with Alzheimer’s may need to find new ways to show intimacy.

 

Alzheimer’s & intimacy may seem counter-intuitive. It’s important to realize that everyone has a need for companionship and physical intimacy.  Couples living with Alzheimer’s may have to find new ways to show love and affection.

Sometimes as the disease progresses the caregiving spouse has very little desire for intimacy from their spouse. Due to the daily activities involved in caring their normal desires. Granted, the person living with the disease may never lose their need for sex.  With this in mind, couples need to find new ways to show intimacy that works for both.

It is not unusual for men living with Alzheimer’s to misinterpret care for a desire for intimacy. For this reason, paid caregivers need to learn how to lessen this possibility and deal with it properly if it does happen.

All of these scenarios are part of the conversation I had with Betsy Wertzel. Betsy is a caregiver and radio host and was brave enough to be part of the podcast. She told me she was an open book so the topic of Alzheimer’s & Intimacy didn’t scare her off!

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