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Bibliography - Sex in Middle and Later Life

Better than Ever: Love and Sex at Midlife

Bernie Zilbergeld

2005; Crowne House Publishing

This guide for couples, by the author of The New Male Sexuality, is based on interviews with 145 women ages 45 to 87.  The author suggests that many men and women are having good sex well into their later years.  He explores the myths and facts about sex and aging and present tools and techniques for older couples.  

 

For Each Other: Sharing Sexual Intimacy

Lonnie Barbach, Ph.D.

2001; Signet

This book provides the reader with more than 50 exercises that explain how to increase sexual desire, experience orgasms with their partner, and enhance vaginal sensitivity. Chapters include "Learning about Yourself: The Sexual Arousal Process," "Sexuality: An Ongoing Journey," "What Is Normal Sexual Desire," and "Lack of Sexual Desire."


Great Sex after 40: Strategies for Lifelong Fulfillment

Marvel L. Williams, Ph.D., R.N.

2000; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

This guide gives adults the information they need to recognize and adjust to the normal sexual changes brought on by aging. Chapters include  "The Sexually Fulfilled Woman," "Preserving Male Sexual Function," "Sex and the Prostate," "The Sexual Challenges of Cancer," "The Truth about Sex and Heart Disease," and "Staying Sexual No Matter What."

    

The New Love and Sex After 60  

Robert N. Butler, M.D. and Myrna I. Lewis, M.S.W.

2002; Ballantine

This book provides older adults with the most up-to-date information on later-life sexuality. Chapters include: "The New Love and Sex After 60," "Normal Physical Changes in Sexuality That Occur With Age," "Sexual Fitness," and "Common Medical Problems and How they Affect Sexuality."


Making Love the Way We Used To…or Better: Secrets to Satisfying Midlife Sexuality

Alan M. Altman, M.D., and Laurie Ashner

2002; McGraw-Hill.

This book includes case narratives, medical information, and communication techniques for couples wanting to revitalize sexuality in midlife. Chapters include "Discovering the Secrets in the Bedroom and a Five-Step Plan for Ridding Yourself of Them Forever," "Understanding Aging and Sexual Response—What's Normal and What's Not," and "Making Love the Way You Used To."


Still Doing It: Women & Men Over 60 Write about their Sexuality

Joanie Blank, Editor

2000; Down There Press.

This book, consisting of personal stories and experiences of women and men over 60, is a testament to sexuality throughout the life cycle.


Books for Men  

The Complete Prostate Book: What Every Man Needs to Know

J. Stephen Jones, M.D.

2005; Prometheus Books

This book, written by a urologist, addresses the concerns many men have about prostate health as they age including benign prostate problems, enlarged prostates, risk of prostate cancer, and the latest treatments.  It also addresses sexual health.


Gay Men at Midlife: Age before Beauty

Alan L. Ellis, Editor

2001; Routledge

This collection of essays explores what it means to be a gay man at midlife. The essays address a wide range of topics, including searching for intimacy, coping with failing health and HIV, developing concern about social support and familial relationships, and considering the role of religion and spirituality in men's lives.


Men Like Us: The GMHC Complete Guide to Gay Men's Sexual, Physical, and Emotional Well-Being

Daniel Wolfe

2000; Ballantine Books

This health resource provides gay men with a wealth of information on topics such as sexual pleasure, relationships and intimacy, medical care, mental health and therapy, spirituality and community. Topics related to middle and later life include ageism, AIDS and older men, and the prostate.


The New Male Sexuality: The Truth about Men, Sex, and Pleasure, Revised Edition

Bernie Zilbergeld, Ph.D

1999; Bantam

This comprehensive book addresses all aspects of male sexuality. Chapters include "What Is This Thing Called a Penis?" "On the Road to Better Sex," "How to Be a Better Listener," "Touching," and "Resolving Erectile Problems with Sex Therapy."


Books for Women

Dr. Susan Love's Breast Book, Fourth Edition

Susan M. Love, M.D.

2005; De Capo Lifelong Books.

This revised edition provides a comprehensive look the breast. Chapters include "The Healthy Breast," "Common Problems of the Breast," "Diagnosis of Breast Problems," "Prediction and Prevention of Cancer," "Treating Breast Cancer," and "Living with Breast Cancer." Appendices are included.


Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book: Making Informed Choices About Menopause

Susan M. Love, M.D., with Karen Lindsey

2003; Three Rivers Press

The author believes that menopause is a natural part of a woman's life and this book provides women with comprehensive information. The revised edition offers easy-to-follow information on the often confusing research into hormones and hormone replacement therapy.   


Midlife Lesbian Relationships: Friends, Lovers, Children, and Parents

Marcy R. Adelman, Ph.D., Editor

2000; Routledge

This collection of essays explores the complexities of relationships and bonds that sustain and nurture our lives. Essays include "Lesbian Friendships at Midlife: Patterns and Possibilities for the 21st Century," "The Bloom Is on the Rose: The Impact of Midlife on the Lesbian Couple," "Lesbian Dating and Courtship from Young Adulthood to Midlife," "Making Up for Lost Time: Chemically Dependent Lesbians in Later Life," and "Midlife Lesbian Parenting."


The Wisdom of Menopause: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing during the Change

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

2006; Bantam

This second edition provides information on menopause using case histories as well as the author's life-changing experiences. It also examines the connection between menopause and a woman's emotional and spiritual life. Chapters include "Menopause Puts Your Life Under a Microscope," "The Brain Catches Fire at Menopause," "Hormone Replacement: An Individual Choice," "Creating Pelvic Health and Power," and "Sex and Menopause: Myths and Reality."


You Don't Need a Hysterectomy: New and Effective Ways of Avoiding Major Surgery, Second Edition

Ivan K. Strausz, M.D.

2001; De Capo.

This book provides women with advice on new and effective ways to treat chronic pelvic pain and related gynecological symptoms without radical surgery. Chapters include "Avoiding Hysterectomy," "How Your Body Works," and "Chronic Pelvic Pain: An Overview."

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