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Nursing home residents often share rooms and have very little privacy. Sexual expression is not an easy thing to manage in such an environment. As long as nobody was forced to sit in the rec room against their will, I think it’s worth applauding the courage of these residents for finding a way to have a little celebration of sexuality collectively and safely, since privacy is so rare.
The issue of consent is, of course, a complicated and important one in facilities where judging mental competence is a complex matter. There were times when I thought my mother’s mind was clear and lucid, and other times when it was not. The bright legal line between competent and incompetent is, in lived experience, really a fuzzy and often shifting boundary. I don’t think that means we should deny the elderly, even in nursing homes, opportunities for erotic expression or entertainment.