Sex after sixty

By HSC Staff Writer • Published: February 12th, 2009
Category: Health in a Heartbeat

Some people assume their parents’ sex life has been a real snooze ever since the single act that brought them into being, but a survey in the New England Journal of Medicine puts that childhood fairy-tale to bed. Most

Americans not only have sex more than once in their lives, but they continue to have sex well into their golden years.

The U-S Census Bureau estimates that more than three-hundred baby boomers turn sixty every hour. If the prospect of sexual abstinence among America’s free-spirited flower children seems unlikely… it is.

The study finds that seventy-three percent of men and women in their late fifties and early sixties engage in sexual contact more than once a year. And twenty-six percent of the oldest age group studied… seventy-five to eighty-five year olds… were still at it as well.

But sex after sixty isn’t without problems. Only fourteen percent of men reported using Viagra or other drugs to enhance performance, but more than half the participants suffered from at least one sexual complaint. And because older couples often forgo contraceptives, the number of AIDS cases has skyrocketed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that Americans over age fifty will comprise half of all AIDS cases by 2015.

Growing older doesn’t mean growing numb to basic human cravings like hunger, thirst and sexual desire. Au contraire, sexual satisfaction can extend well into the twilight years. Consulting a physician can help older couples ensure that sex keeps getting better with age.