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Granny's Got Her Groove On: Aging, Sex, and Other Good Stuff!

Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, PhD, AGHEF, GSAF, AGSF
Professor & Director Geriatrics Education and Research
Department of Geriatric Medicine
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine


Intimacy and sex have origins in social, emotional, spiritual and physical/physiologic realms. We need more than “correct” language or behaviors to aid our knowledge, understanding, and appropriate action and care as we encounter (or engage in) intimacy and sexual satisfaction in later life. Tenets that guide (formal and informal) care models are often entrenched in past societal mores warranting fresh approaches and broader views to create change and progress. So let’s travel down the path of aging, sexuality and personhood using humor as our guide to support or promote transformation in getting a groove on in care settings. Yikes!

Marilyn R. Gugliucci is a Professor as well as the Director for Geriatrics Education and Research,  and Director of U-ExCEL (UNE~Exercise and Conditioning for Easier Living) Fitness/Wellness Program for older adults within the  University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Division of Geriatrics Medicine. Her "Learning by Living" research projects, UNECOM signature programs, advances medical and health professions students' learning through ethnographic/autobiographic  immersion research methods.  Learning by Living: Nursing Home Immersion involves "admiting" medical students into nursing homes to live the life of an elder resident for 10-14 days complete with a diagnosis and standard procedures of care.  The Learning by Living: 48 Hour Hospice Home research immerses students into an 18 bed in-patient hospice home to work with an interprofessional team in providing patient care, family support, and post mortem care.  She also conducts research on older adult function, falls, and proprioception.


Dr. Gugliucci is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), and the Maine Gerontological Society (MGS). Her expertise and passion in the field of aging has resulted in numerous presentations nationally and internationally. Her latest international presentations were conducted in Germany (2016), Norway (2015), Ireland (2015 & 2012), Italy, (2013), Austria (2004), and England (2003). She served on the national GSA executive board for 8 years and held the position of Chair (2012-2013) for the Health Sciences Section (1750 members) and served on the AGHE board for 11 years and was elected president serving from 2008-2010. In this role she led the organization to create and endorse new forward thinking definitions for geriatrics and gerontology. She is on the review boards for the Aging International Journal, the International Journal of Clinical Medicine,  and is on the Executive and Review Boards for the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, among others. Although not a nurse, she was a mentor for the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nurses/Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Leadership Academy. In Maine, she served on the boards for Maine Legal Services for the Elderly, St Andre Health Care, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, SAGE Maine, and the Maine Gerontological Society; also serving as MGS president (2010-2012). She is currently serving on the Board of Directors for  Piper Shores Continuing Care Retirement Community, Hospice of Southern Maine Ethics, and Maine Council on Aging. 

Dr. Gugliucci was awarded the 2013 Marguerite Elliott Innovations in Clinical Medical Education Award from the Society of Osteopathic Medical Educators; 2012 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Hiram Friedsam Mentorship Award for her excellence in mentoring students, faculty, and administrators in the field of aging; and the 2012 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and MaineToday Media, Inc. Healthcare Hero Award for her excellence, dedication, innovation, compassion and exemplary achievements as a Health Care Educator in Maine.

Marilyn Gugliucci

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