'Aging and Intimacy' at February forum in Anchorage

AARP Alaska, Older Persons Action Group and the Anchorage Senior Activity Center continues its series of “Age Smart – Let’s Talk” forums on Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Events are currently held virtually on the internet, using Zoom.

The February topic is “How Does Intimacy Change with Age?” Intimacy isn’t something we talk much about, yet it is something that we need throughout our lives. This session will examine the ways the need and the capacity for intimacy changes as we age. Is it sex? Is it a very close friend or soul mate? Is it physical, emotional or even spiritual? Do we ever outgrow it? What happens if I end up alone?

Join us as we probe the nature and need for intimacy. Our guide for this discussion will be Sheila Shinn, former Director at Geriatrics & Gerontology Initiatives at University of Alaska Anchorage, and co-director of the Alaska Geriatric Interdisciplinary Leadership Development Program. Sheila brings deep knowledge and compassion in her work with and for older Alaskans. Her presentation on this topic for a previous Age Smart was so well-received we’re bringing it back. You will enjoy this program!

The “Age Smart – Let’s Talk” series is a monthly forum that focuses on a topic of interest and importance to Alaskans who want to be thoughtful about how to make good choices as they grow older. The series is developed to provide working age adults with information necessary to plan and fulfill a secure, healthy and satisfying “life After 60” (all ages are welcome). Each month the series highlights a particular topic with a variety of formats, including issue experts, panel discussions, interactive presentations, and plenty of time for questions.

Admission is free and open to everyone. Presentation begins at 6:30. To sign up, go to AARP’s event page at https://aarp.cvent.com/ASFEB2021.