Changed from HAS'S PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL CABINET for fear of being a spiritual braggart. THIS IS JUST MY PERSONAL SELF-HEALING BLOG; DEFINITELY NOT PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL OR PSYCHIATRIC OPINION OR ADVICE FROM THE AUTHOR. This blog cannot and must not replace hands-on medical care or the specific advice of your own doctor. Penulisan hanyalah pengalaman dan pendapat peribadi penulis blog dan tidak boleh mengantikan nasihat dan penjagaan perubatan daripada doktor anda.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sexy season of the year again..........


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Hasanah Che Ismail
Consultant Psychiatrist
School of Medical Sciences
Universiti Sains Malaysia

Improving life expectancy and better standard of living and health care set new standards for quality of life (QOL) and sexuality. Diseases associated with aging complicate the ensuing hormonal decline, resulting in profound impact on the functionality and sexuality. Understandably, QOL suffered, but QOL is as varied as how it is defined and measured.

Sexuality does not necessarily abate with age. Prevalent misconceptions are that older people are unable to perform sexually because of physical changes related to aging, that older adults are not interested in sex, or that those who do express an interest are demented or perverted. Further, elders and health care providers alike may erroneously assume that sexually transmitted infections are not common in this population

Physical, psychological, cultural, and social issues affect sexuality. Along with the occurrence of chronic conditions, medications have the potential for sexual side effects. Medications are not limited to antidepressants, antihypertensive, opioids, anxiolytics, psychotropics/neuroleptics, corticosteroids, and diuretics. The use of recreational or illicit drugs, alcohol, and nicotine also result in sexual dysfunction.

Cultural and religious beliefs about sexuality also greatly influence sexual behavior. Spousal illness and social isolation that are common to the elderly alter opportunities for sexual expression.

Psychological factors play a significant role in sexuality later in life. Prior positive or negative sexual experiences, issues of body image and self-esteem, and frank mental disorders such as depression and anxiety may influence the frequency and quality of sexual relations.

Finally, sexual expression in the elderly may be affected by living arrangements, as a substantial number reside with family members or in long-term-care facilities. Inadequate privacy inhibits sexual expression and activity. In addition, the values, beliefs, and biases of the facility staff or family members influence sexual expression among residents. Facility staff and health care providers may not feel comfortable dealing with the sexual needs and interests of elderly residents and perceive sexual expression as problematic behavior.

As the aging population expands, it is increasingly important for health care providers to become aware of and sensitive to the needs and concerns of older adults. The step forward is getting adequate information and skill to deal with this issue and being open and facilitative in helping elderly persons with needs. Each and every person is unique and what constitute a satisfactory and meaningful QOL may widely differ between one person to another, or between caregiver and patient.

For those interested; Registeration form can also be downloaded from the official MMS website: www.menopause.org.my

Registration Rates (includes one dinner ticket each person)
Doctors: MMS Member RM 650
Doctors: Non-MMS Member
Non-Malaysian RM 750
RM 750 (USD 220)
Others: MMS or non-MMS RM 500
Undergraduates / Students
(no group discount) RM 300
Groups of any 10 (please staple all 10 forms together) -10% from the total

Congress Secretariat:

Mr. Chin Kwong Yoon / Ms. Roseline Heng
Bayer Schering Pharma
Bayer Co. (M) Sdn Bhd
T1-14 Jaya 33,No. 3, Jalan Semangat, Seksyen 13,
46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: 603 -62093088
Email: kwongyoon.chin@bayerhealthcare.com

Kebenaran tentang penuan.

Abstrak di atas didahulukan untuk The 7TH Malaysian Congress.
[Biasalah...abstrak dulu sebelum tulis kertas kerjanya]

Persiapan mental perlu. Perlu refleksi thema seks dan penuaan dan kualiti kehidupan. Kalau tidak tidak mari isi pembentangan. Maklumlah kerja seharian banyak berkait dengan psikiatri dewasa dan psiko-onkologi.

Tiada yang menjadi tua dengan hanya hidup membilang angka melepasi tahun dilahirkan. Tua terjadi kerana pengabaian aspirasi dan prinsip kehidupan. Tahun-tahun hanya meninggalkan kedut di kulit, tetapi melepaskan semangat dalam kehidupan mengendurkan jiwa dan rohani.

Bimbang, takut, tiada kepercayaan dan kasih sayang pada diri dan Tuhan menjadikan jantung lembek dan roh hancur bercampur habuk dan debu.

Nikmat yang besar adalah apabila sudah berhadapan dengan kematian, tetapi hidup kembali dengan penuh kesedaran and keinsafan. Nikmat yang besar juga apabila sudah tua pada definisi umur biologikal tetapi masih berfungsi sebagai orang muda.

Kena sibuk fikir tentang tua kerana bulan April ada dua jemputan untuk topik berkenaan dengan tua. 19 April di 7TH Malaysian Congress on Menopause dan pada 22 April di Kursus Psychogeriatric di Kuala Terengganu.


  • At March 16, 2009, Blogger dith said…

    Salam Has,

    Memang ingin sangat nak attend any of your talks but our leave here is half frozen as a colleague is on maternity leave!

  • At March 16, 2009, Blogger Has said…

    Roza, next time kalau ada talk orang jemput kat Kuantan, kita boleh jumpa.


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