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Geriatric Jews Still Getting it On

“The nurse was frantic. She’d just seen two elderly people having sex in a room at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York. She asked Daniel A. Reingold, then the home’s executive vice president, what she should do.

‘Tiptoe out and close the door so you don’t disturb them,’ he told her.”

Thanks to this recent article in Bloomberg, we have now been made aware of the bustling sexual activity going on at the nursing home, Hebrew Home, in Riverdale, New York. In 1995, Hebrew Home adopted a four-page policy in regards to its residents’ “sexual expression,” which was likely the first of its kind.

Today, many nursing homes still don’t have a policy when it comes to the sexual needs and expressions of their elderly patients, though that is bound to change as Baby Boomers start to age (and of course, the existence of Viagra helps, too).

One issue still remains with those with dementia and whether or not one can consent to a sexual relationship.

Read the rest of the article here to get the full scoop on all of the geriatric Jewish sex going on all around us. To read Hebrew Home’s official Sexual Expression Policy, click here.

Molly TolskyMolly Tolsky is the editor of Kveller.com. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines including Lumina, MAKE, and The Collagist, and her non-fiction has appeared in The Jewish Daily Forward. She isn't a parent, but a very proud aunt. Follow her @mollytolsky.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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