Sexual function and activity in old age have been inadequately studied world over. It is important to know that aging processes are not confined to persons beyond the age of 60 years; many changes in elderly have their antecedents in the middle age. This study sought to determine the patterns of sexual activity and function in individuals over 50 years of age.
The best-loved nonagenarian George Burns quipped that sex when you're elderly was "like shooting pool with a rope". Jokes abound about the rapaciousness of senior females in quest of a male functional enough to engage in it. And my teenage son wrinkles up his nose and says "Eewww!
We are not given enough opportunities to remember that many couples in their 60s, 70s, and beyond lead active and fulfilling sex lives. Every day at Sportsheets, we set out to make sex more inclusive and accessible to as many people as possible. And that most certainly includes seniors and their partners.
The need for intimacy is ageless. And studies now confirm that no matter what your gender, you can enjoy sex for as long as you wish. Naturally, sex at 70 or 80 may not be like it is at 20 or 30—but in some ways it can be better.
Denise Knowles, a sex therapist at Relate, has counselled elderly clients on their sex lives. She says there have been some studies which suggests couples in their 70s reporting having sex up to three times a week — much longer than many younger couples. Obviously, as the human body slows down with age, surely there must be some things older couples have to bear in mind when doing any form of exercise which could be construed as vigorous or requiring a lot of movement?
Your sex life will change as your body ages. These changes can be addressed and you can have healthy, satisfying sex your entire life. By communicating with your partner, taking care of your health, and maintaining a good emotional perspective, your sex life can grow even richer over the years.
As you age, sex isn't the same as it was in your 20s — but it can still be satisfying. Contrary to common myths, sex isn't just for the young. Many seniors continue to enjoy their sexuality into their 80s and beyond. A healthy sex life not only is fulfilling, but also is good for other aspects of your life, including your physical health and self-esteem.
Try it today! Most Americans define sex as intercourse. The old in-and-out can be great fun, sure, but it also tends to frustrate many older couples.