The joy of sex beyond 70

23 Sep 2019 19:00 - 21:00

20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN


Alex Comfort, gerontologist and author of the 1972 bestseller ‘The Joy of Sex’, emphasised that growing old does not mean desire will diminish.

We welcome Tammy Whynot to the RCN, to lead a a frank and honest panel discussion where we talk openly about sex and ageing, from affection to fetish.

We open with a short performance of What Tammy Needs to Know About Getting Old And Having Sex. The show is an international, intergenerational mission to ask all the difficult questions, talk to those who really know and find out the truth about sex, and all its associations, at midlife and beyond. Find out more about Tammy WhyNot and her mission here.

A panel discussion and Q&A will follow. As Alex Comfort, gerontologist and author of the 1972 bestseller ‘The Joy of Sex’, emphasised growing old does not mean desire will diminish. Older age can be an opportunity for new and different intimate relationships, with sexual health advice high on the agenda.

But does society still stigmatise sex in the over 70s? What barriers might older people face in continuing a romantic life? And how can nursing staff support safe sexual expression and intimacy?


Tammy WhyNot AKA Lois Weaver, Guggenheim-winning artist, activist, writer, director, and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University of London
Lynne Segal, Anniversary Professor of Psychology & Gender Studies at Birkbeck, University of London and author of "Out of Time: The Pleasures and Perils of Ageing"
Esther Wiskerke, day centre manager and researcher on sexuality and dementia
Dawne Garrett, RCN Professional Lead for Care of Older People and Dementia
Mervyn Eastman, Speaker, author and agitator. Co-Founder of ChangeAGEnts Co-operative Collective and host of AGE SPEAKS radio show

Doors open at 5.30. The performance will start at 6pm, followed by a panel discussion.

This is a joint event with the RCN Foundation, a charity that supports every member of the nursing team as they care for patients and improve the UK's health and wellbeing.


The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop in the lecture room. We can offer large print copies of presentations if requested at least a week before the event. Assistance dogs are welcome. If you have any other needs, please email us at and we will assist you wherever possible.

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20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.

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