But what about everyone else's? In a survey that's still under way, more than 8, people over 50 have already revealed what happens in their relationships — and in their bedrooms. Read on for a look at 14 survey questions, think about how you would answer and see how you stack up with the results thus far.
While the frequency of sex often declines with age, many older adults—of course—can and do have sex. In fact, roughly 40 percent of men and women ages 65 to 80 are sexually active, according to a survey, and women in their 70s often express more satisfaction with sex than women in their 40s. Although sexual activity is considered an important measure of the quality of life for the majority of older adults, there are a number of problems that can arise with age.
A new study published in the journal Sexual Medicine indicates that sexual activity is associated with improved wellbeing amongst older adults, measured through higher enjoyment of life scores. It found that older men and women who reported any type of sexual activity in the previous 12 months had a higher life enjoyment score than those who were not sexually active. For older women, a greater frequency of kissing, petting, and fondling was associated with a higher enjoyment of life, as was feeling emotionally close to their partner during sex.
Back to Sexual health. Many people enjoy an active sex life well into old age, with some couples reporting that sex gets better with age. Your sexual desires and appetite for sex can change over the years for many reasons.
Sex in later life doesn't need to be different to when you were younger. Many older people enjoy an active sex life, and why not? Your sexual health is an important aspect of your overall wellbeing.
Let's dispense with the old-people-have-sex jokesshall we? As the STD rate clearly indicatespeople 60 and older are indeed having sex -- and plenty of it. But are they having the "right" kind of "safe" sex?
We rarely hear senior sexual health discussed openly in everyday conversation or in the media. Why is it that this important topic seems to become more taboo and less talked about as we age? Experts agree that remaining mute on the subject matter leads to the general misconception that seniors lose interest in sex. But this is far from the truth and quite the opposite.
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.