Rules for dating for seniors
Does online engagement constitute a sign of successful aging?
Some of these questions do not yet have answers and are in need of additional scholarly discussion and research.
Online pursuit of romance and intimacy also has its costs.
A climate of internet-facilitated dating in later life has introduced more opportunities for unsafe sex, sexually transmitted disease (STDs), and general exploitation among vulnerable older adults (Pierpaoli Parker, in progress).
These considerations require that the clinician has an adequately informed understanding of these issues; that is, requisite professional competence regarding the online social engagement and dating needs of their older adult clients: 1. The American Psychological Association’s (APA) ethics code (2017) and guidelines for psychological practice with older adults (2014), unfortunately, provide little guidance on navigating the ethics of technology beyond those tethered to tele-health. In lieu of context-specific ethical standards, the APA ethics code offers general ethical parameters and associated virtues to implore psychologists to practice conscientiousness, discernment, and prudence (Beauchamp & Childress, 2001; Keenen, 1995; Mac Intyre, 1984). Additional scholarly discussion and research on this topic is needed. A version of this article will appear in the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Program's (Co PGTP) forthcoming fall newsletter.
Gerontol., 36, 93-111 Jung, E., Walden, G., Johnson, A., & Sundary, S. Co-authored by Keisha Carden, MA Many adults seek intimacy into later life, both in person and online (Addis et al., 2006).