About the hosts
As an older adult, Dr. Jane Fleishman loves talking about sex with just about anyone and, in particular, other older adults and the professionals who work with them. She is on a mission and provides training to promote the sexual well-being of older adults in continuing care communities.
Jane has conducted research on the sexuality of older adults in same-sex relationships and has written a book about LGBTQ elders’ who came of age at the time of Stonewall.
She loves teaching, writing, and answering questions about sex. That’s why she loves being a co-host of this podcast. In her mind, she thinks of herself as a bit of a local media mogul with a column, Sexuality and Aging in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and is a regular guest on WHMP, her local independent radio station.
In her 60s, Jane received a Master’s in Education and a Ph.D in Human Sexuality from Widener University. She’s been a lifelong activist and as she gets older she likes mentoring younger people taking leadership roles in social and political movements.
Ashley Mader, Ph.D., LICSW is a psychotherapist, sex therapist, educator and consultant who specializes in older adults. She runs a private practice with a focus on older adult sexuality and aging transitions. Dr. Mader received both her MSW and Ph.D. at Widener University in the Philadelphia area. She also has a blog called SHINE: Sexual Health In a New Era (www.ourshine.org). She resides in Amherst, MA with her partner and two cats.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happened to our venerated founder Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, the woman of many names and many ideas?
A: Laura is on to a new career and was looking for someone to continue her “baby”. She proposed the idea of hosting the show by the pool at the Victoria Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit to Drs. Ashley Mader and Jane Fleishman, who were the co-chairs of the Sexuality and Aging Training Institute in 2015 and 2016. Laura is continuing on the podcast as our producer and host emeritus.
Q: Sex? Really? Sex over 50?
A: Yes. Laura found it curious that people think sex and sexuality are unexpected, even silly, topics for those in the second half of life. In fact, it makes her a little angry. "Sex is a natural part of life throughout the journey. We should stop laughing and start thinking about how to enhance and improve sex throughout life. And then start laughing, because without humor all is lost."
Q: Where do Ashley and Jane get their guests?
A: They invite people they find interesting. Some of them are experts, others just those with insights and wisdom. They especially likes the ones who make her laugh.