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A Rabbi’s Lesson on Intimacy and Aging

The Legacy of Wisdom video series offers a valuable lesson from Rabbi Zalman Schachter on intimacy, sexuality and older age, the stage he calls “the ripe fruit stage.” He includes a touching comment about people enjoying sensual tingles “from the toes to the nose” once they no longer focus so intently on goal-oriented, genital sex.  Schachter suggests that long-term care facilities rethink the taboos on touch, given the great need people have for touch in older age.

Legacy of Wisdom is a non-profit project dedicated to developing a vision of best practices for living and the fulfillment of our life’s potential throughout the aging process.


About 8 minutes long.



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