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Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University to Host Professional Conference

The Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University is hosting its second annual conference on Friday, Sept. 14 for professionals who work with older adults. This year’s conference, “A Holistic Approach to Sexuality and Aging,” will give attendees the knowledge and skills to help their clients enjoy life-affirming, safe sexual expression.

“Other conferences on aging tend to focus on medical, physical and policy issues. Our conference is unique in that the primary focus is sexuality and the issues people face as they grow older as sexual beings,” said Conference Chair and Widener Ph.D. student Ashley Mader, LSW, M.Ed. “Attendees will leave the conference with the knowledge and tools to advocate for older adults’ sexual expression, as well as how to work with older adults around sexuality in different settings.”SAC logo

Experts in sexuality and aging from the education, therapy, and healthcare fields will host workshops on a wide range of topics, including sexual health activities for residents in long-term care facilities, the pathophysiology of aging and sexuality and how to support the sexual and relationship needs of older adults with intellectual disabilities. Dennis Dailey, DSW, creator of the Circles of Sexuality Model, will deliver the keynote lecture.

The conference will run 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sept. 14 on Widener University’s Main Campus in the University Center, 700 E. 14th St., Chester, Pa. Registration and additional information is available at  For any other questions, e-mail or call 610-499-1378.

The conference offers networking and continuing education credit opportunities for social workers, CCRC administrators and staff, sexuality educators, sex therapists, nurses, and other professionals and students.

Following the conference on Friday evening, Widener will host a screening of the film TRANS featuring a Q-and-A session with the film’s producer, Mark Schoen, PhD. Individuals and experts featured in the documentary have been invited to participate as well. The 7 p.m. screening is open to the public and will take place in the Kapelski Lecture Hall 1. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to support future screenings of the film.

On Saturday, Sept. 15, continue learning with the unique SilverSAR™ sexual attitude reassessment for professionals working with adults in mid- and later age. Spaces are limited.

The Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University is a not-for-profit educational outreach initiative of the university’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies. The Consortium is comprised of approximately 20 members from throughout the country who provide education, consulting and counseling to individuals, couples and caregivers. Consulting and in-service training are delivered to caregivers and professionals who work with older adults.  For more information, call 610-499-1378; e-mail; or visit