Suggested reading

The New York Times (NYT) recently published a piece entitled “The Joy (and Challenges) of Sex After 70” by Maggie Jones, a visiting assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Snippet from the NYT:

“Today, Maggie Jones explores the overlooked topic of geriatric sex. Profiling older couples for whom it is still important, she considers the obstacles and joys of having sex over the age of 70, and the way society has begun to talk more openly about it in recent years.

As bodies change, Jones writes, good sex in old age often requires reimagining and expanding: a conscious inclusion of more touching, kissing, erotic massage, oral sex and sex toys. Along with pleasure, other benefits are linked to sex: a stronger immune system, improved cognitive function, cardiovascular health in women and lower odds of prostate cancer, along with improved sleep, stress reduction and a cultivation of emotional intimacy.

The subset of older people who are having lots of sex well into their 80s could help shape those conversations and policies, while doctors can also do their part by attending to individuals’ physiological impediments to sex. Many sex experts expect more open conversations and policies related to their senior sex lives in the years to come.”

You can also listen to it here.

New MSc student working with the team

Anathema team welcomes Diogo Coutinho, a student from the Masters in Services Engineering and Management at the University of Porto, who will be researching how to design out stigma in the sexual health promotion programme.

Stigma is a key factor in technology acceptance. Ignoring it, makes useful technology left unused and health conditions left uncared for. To tackle this problem designers and design researchers alike need to work directly with the stigmatising topics that affect users, which is difficult, because some existing methodologies are inappropriate and there are scarce guidelines. This project aims to contribute to fill this gap, by giving new strategies to deal with stigma in design research activities.

The research aims to explore ways to tackle stigma in Anathema using design research tools at the intersection with market delivery of the programme. The research will be informed by prior research work in the Design & Emotion field and very focused on experimentation with design research methods, method adaptation and tailoring to target users and communication means (e.g., in person vs remote).

As main outcomes, this MSc research is expected to deliver recommendations for design researchers to address the subject with specific user groups, as well as service blueprints and plans to support Anathema’s market delivery.

Ethical Dialogue session

On March 28, between 3pm and 5pm CET, Anathema will hold an “Ethical Dialogue” session, which will be open to all who wish to attend. The purpose of Ethical Dialogue sessions on the Active Assisted Living Joint Programme is to have different stakeholders discuss the product or service under development, as well as the research and development process itself.

In this session, we will present preliminary results of project Anathema, followed by the dialogue session, which will be moderated by Susana Magalhães (i3S).


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