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Posted on Aug 23, 2007

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine this week reports that American men and women are enjoying active sex lives well into their autumn years.  If the article is indeed an accurate indication, well over half of the country’s seniors (at least up to age 85, given the study’s parameters) are doing their job to challenge some stereotypical views of sex at an advanced age.


Washington Post:

“There’s a popular perception that older people aren’t as interested in sex as younger people,” said Stacy Tessler Lindau of the University of Chicago, who led the study, being published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. “Our study shows that’s simply not true. Older people value sexuality as an important part of life.”

“This study paints a portrait of this aspect of older Americans’ lives that suggests a previously uncharacterized vitality and interest in sexuality,” agreed Georgeanne E. Patmios of the National Institute on Aging, the primary funder of the study. “This has not perhaps been fully appreciated.”

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By boggs, August 25, 2007 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

For crying out loud, what would you expect? Every other commercial on the TV is for a sexual enhancer like Via-gro or See-Alice. We also have to endure the ads for heightened female pleasure. The americans are lined up at the Mexican drug counters buying Viagra. So you see the ads work to stimulate the appetite and the appetite stimulates urges, so we end up with half the old geezers in america walking around with 4 hour erections.
The big benefactor? The pharmacuetical companies.

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By Outraged, August 25, 2007 at 3:40 am Link to this comment

I have to admit, I found the article absolutely hilarious!  How old was the person that wrote this?  I could only read so much before I almost died of laughter.  Oh, I’m sorry, did anyone really think “seniors” don’t like or have sex?  Maybe they should’ve worked as a nurse’s aid….oh, excuse me, now they’re CNA’s, totally certified to give “seniors” a bath.  Which by the way some enjoy WAY TOO MUCH, at least that’s what I hear.  As for “educating” young people…...I really don’t think they want to “go there”.  Frankly, I agree.  I have young adult children and…..well, you see…...I guess I just prefer to “rake their signifigant others over the coals” for their integrity and ........well…...I really don’t have a whole lot of concern otherwise.  I mean these things speak for themselves.  I see the feeling is mutual.  Enjoy

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By farmertx, August 24, 2007 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment

#96600 by Aalamaram Richards on 8/23 at 4:49 pm
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Guess that means up to 40% of the old women have more than one partner

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By C Quil, August 24, 2007 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

A couple of days ago, the Globe and Mail in Toronto had an online question related to the “Sex for Wrinklies” article. They asked, “Do you expect to have an active sex life when you’re in your 70’s and 80’s?”.

The results were:
Yes - approx 30%
No - approx 30%
I don’t have an active sex life now - approx. 37%.

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By farmertx, August 24, 2007 at 7:03 am Link to this comment

All I know is, there aren’t any of those women around Canton TX. ...dammit anyhow…
Read an article last year about the Nursing Homes in AZ having a problem with residents sneaking off to get some. Quoted Viagra as being the root of the problem.
Why is old folks wanting to enjoy sex a problem? I know Republican’s are dead set against it…which explains why they are always getting their tallywhacker caught somewhere it shouldn’t be, I reckon.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, August 24, 2007 at 5:38 am Link to this comment
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Pat Robertson is already sending teams of loyal Christian followers to old age homes to see if he can get them to sign abstinence pledges.Pat was heard to mutter where are the parents.
You cannot get the young people to stop having sex.You cannot get the widows and widowers to stop having sex.Thank god for marriage that certainly puts a stop to sex.

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By Douglas Chalmers, August 24, 2007 at 2:58 am Link to this comment

#96600 by Aalamaram Richards on 8/23 at 4:49 pm: “...who are these old men having sex with…”

Oh, ask that woman in Washington, AR. She has the list…...

But, seriously, the survey found a close link between sex and health. Yes, the hormones are what we all are motivated by and in many subtle and not-so-subtle ways. This applies throughout life from puberty. Its not the amount of sex of any kind but the stimulation which is energising. That has a significance apart from actual orgasms which tend to use and deplete energy.

Of course, another issue is that many people are so relationship-dependent that they need to have a partner in order to have any reason for living. That is something which is basically psychological. People need to mix with each other but so many are isolated as they grow older. That happens to many even in their 40’s and 50’s.

What is extraordinarily important and which we need to pay more attention to, though, is the way we teach children and young adults to respect themselves as they are allowed instead to become the victims of irresponsible sex, porn, bars, and a host of exploitative commercial imperatives which society needs less of.

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By Aalamaram Richards, August 23, 2007 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment
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If 80% of old men are having sex and only 60% of old age women are having sex…. who are these old men having sex with?

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By Marnie, August 23, 2007 at 5:11 pm Link to this comment
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The elderly are also the fastest growing demographic group for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, in this country.

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