What autumn of life? It seems that the over 65 are active, even under the sheets

Forget about the stereotypes: even the over 65 are busy under the sheets. They also declare themselves to be rather satisfied with their sexual lives. These are the results of the National Poll on Healthy Aging survey conducted in the United States and analysed by researchers at the Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan. The figures are clear: in a sample of over a thousand people interviewed, 40% of those between age 65 and 80 declared themselves "sexually active" (restricting the analysis to people currently in a relationship, the proportion rises to 54%); moreover, 65% said they were interested in sex and as many as 73% said they were satisfied with their sex lives. However, analysis of the responses has revealed that there are gender differences that may result in differing expectations and challenges, even for long-term relationships.

(Gender differences in perspectives on sex may result in differing expectations and challenges, even for long-term relationships.)

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Suggested readings

  • Solway E, Clark S, Singer D, Kirch M, Malani P. Let’s Talk about Sex. University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. May 2018. Available at https://www.healthyagingpoll.org/sites/default/files/2018-05/NPHA-Sexual-Health-Report_050118_final2.pdf
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