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Sex is not discussed much as age progresses especially past middle-age. Does that mean older folks are not engaging in sex? Are older folks happy with their sex lives or have they given up on sex.? Baby-boomers, smile and read on!
Beckman and colleagues recently (British Medical Journal 2008) reported on the secular trends in self reported sexual activity and satisfaction in Swedish 70 year olds over a 30 year period.
The authors found that from 1971 to 2001, sexual intercourse/activity increased among all groups of the 70 year olds : married men (52% to 68%), married females 38% to 56%), unmarried men (30% to 54%), and unmarried women(0.8% to 12%). Both sexes felt higher sexual satisfaction and more subjects displayed positive attitudes to sexuality.
This study suggests that elderly although perhaps still quiet about sex, are becoming more open-minded about enjoying the pleasures of healthy sexual life including sex outside the domain of marriage.
What do you think about the emerging trends noted above? Do you think that grandma and grandpa should be quiet and just give up on sex in case of physical inabilities of sexual dysfunction or should they talk to their physician about it. Should the health insurance companies pay for prescription drugs like Viagra for erectile dysfunction (ED) irrespective of age or should there be a age related restrictions? Please share your thoughts.