Dr. Gilbert Hosts: Sex, Intimacy, & Parkinson’s Disease


Sex, Intimacy, and Parkinson’s Disease with Dr. Regina Koepp

In this session of Dr. Gilbert Hosts, special guest Dr. Regina Koepp shared her expertise on intimacy and Parkinson’s disease, and answered audience questions live.

Physical and emotional intimacy is an important part of a healthy relationship, yet Parkinson’s disease (PD) can make it difficult for partners to sustain intimate connections. Managing life with PD can sometimes feel overwhelming and intimacy often takes a back seat. The physical symptoms of PD can also make intimacy (as you once knew it) more challenging. All of these factors can cause a couple to grow apart physically and emotionally – but rather than give up hope, you can be proactive and find new ways to rekindle, reconnect, and build some intimacy back into your relationship. 

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Dr. Regina Koepp is a board-certified clinical psychologist, founder of the Center for Mental Health & Aging, and Lead Medical Psychologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

She is a sought-after speaker on the topics of mental health and aging, sexual health and aging, intimacy in the context of life-altering illness, and dementia and sexual expression.

Dr. Koepp has been featured in the NY Times, Chicago Tribune, Katie Couric Media, News Nation, and dozens of other media outlets.

Prior to founding the Center for Mental Health & Aging, Dr. Koepp was an Assistant Professor at Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Vice Chair of the Georgia Psychological Association Ethics Committee, and staff psychologist at the Atlanta VA Health Care System where she provided direct patient care and consultation on an Older Adult Outpatient Mental Health team for more than a decade.

Dr. Koepp earned her doctorate at the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences where she won the Richard W. Morrell Community Commitment Award.


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