January 27, 2010

USA: Still sexy at 70! Many seniors report active sex lives, study finds

. NEW YORK, NY / New York Daily News / Lifestyle / Health / January 27, 2010 By Rosemary Black, Daily News Staff Writer Sexy at 60 or even 70? Apparently so. In fact, senior citizens who lead spicy lives in the bedroom are in the majority, according to studies that were part of the National Social Life, Health and Aging Project. Some 84% of men and 62% of women between 57 and 64 reported having sex in the past year, and some 38% of men and 17% of women ages 75 to 85 said they’d had sex. The research, conducted at the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, gathered facts on several areas of older-adult sexuality. “Older people can and should have very active sex lives, and the idea that they don’t is a societal misconception,” says Dr. Dennis Lin, director of the psychosexual medicine program at Beth Israel Medical Center. “The need for intimacy and contact with another person doesn’t change with age.” You're never too old for a little - or a lot - of intimacy, a recent survey of people aged 57-85 found. Getty Images The researchers found that older men were more likely than older women to be sexually active and more open to having sex. But University of Chicago associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology Stacy Tessler Lindau, who worked on the research, says this is because it’s harder for older women to find partners. “Women tend to outlive marriage,” she says. “Men tend to live with their spouse until they die. So there are fewer older men around to choose as sexual partners.” Healthy sex, for older as well as younger adults, means generally better health, Lindau says. And there’s really no age limit on having sex, says JB Berns, author of “Do It or Age Quickly.” “There’s no reason a man or a woman can’t have sex regularly into their 80s,” he says. [rc] © Copyright 2010 NYDailyNews.com