Sex still important to seniors

It appears that sex doesn’t stop once you’re past 60!

A study by the Monash Institute of Medical Research has found that one-third of men over 70 are still sexually active. And separate research, published in The Medical Journal of Australia, found that one-quarter of married women over 76 still have sex. So, it appears that sex doesn’t stop once you’re past 60!

Australian of the Year Ita Buttrose believes it may be a surprise to young people that their grandparents are still enjoying an active sex life, “Young people have this misguided belief that older Australians don’t think about sex at all.”

This can be attributed to the sheer number of older Australians who are now in the baby boomer demographic. According to Patricia Weerakoon, who delivers the Sexy and 60-plus presentation in retirement villages, today’s seniors are children of the sexual revolution and are much more comfortable with intimacy than the generation before them.

Read more at TheAge.com.au

Opinion: Surprise, surprise! Seniors still have sex

A report in today’s The Age highlights that those over 70 still enjoy having sex. Well of course they do! While this will come as no surprise to those classed as baby boomers who are still enjoying an active sex life, it seems that the rest of Australia is in denial about what goes on behind grandma’s bedroom door.

People are living longer and a healthy part of remaining active is still enjoying sex. Baby boomers possibly even have sex more than stressed-out working parents who simply can’t find the time, or the inclination, to strip down and get sexy. Having raised their children, watched them leave home, and cut back on the hours they work or given up altogether, older couples are relishing this time together and are still keen to express their love under the covers, or anywhere else they fancy.

While younger people believe that sex is solely the domain of those with trim tight bodies and are willing to experiment with several sexual partners, those who have grown older together take comfort in knowing each other intimately.

It’s time to stop being surprised that those in their 60s and 70s still enjoy doing all the things that everyone else does. They go online, they eat out, they have sex, they like to party and socialise. Older people are relevant, with plenty of wisdom and experience to pass onto those willing to listen.

Is it time the media stopped treating older people as irrelevant, only to be wheeled out when they do something regarded as ‘out of the ordinary’?





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    Reppie
    25th Feb 2013
    11:33am
    We öldies"are, without doubt, a great source, and resource. Information from life's experiences is hard to beat (even if the kids don't want to hear, the grandies often do)

    Not only are we capable of babysitting, cooking, cleaning, and running a taxi service when Mum's car is off the road. Some even work still, regardless of advanced years.

    As for sex, welllllllll!!! Nothing wrong with still enjoying the best things of life, no matter how old. I can't imagine the time, which I am assured is coming, when all these little fun things, including sex are no longer available. I figure, üse it or lose it"applies to all things physical!!"

    I guess I refuse to acknowledge my üse by"date may be nearing - my choice, as I still consider myself a recycled teenager!
    patriciaanne
    25th Feb 2013
    11:57am
    I agree with Reppie. Having a good sex life is very enjoyable and also is a good stress release. So if your very stressed have good F. But don't forget to stay in the moment or your partner will know that you are off with fairies.
    Reppie
    25th Feb 2013
    11:59am
    lol Patricia, well stated!!
    Alida Talbot
    25th Feb 2013
    12:06pm
    yes! yes! yes! I'll have what she's having!!!
    HOLA
    25th Feb 2013
    12:22pm
    Unfortunately I am now a widow . I hate that word and I now have just my memories. My husband was so romantic and a real "Hottie", nudge nudge, wink wink, and I miss him so much. There are so many married oldies out there and they take each other for granted, try and rekindle the spark. I know illness comes into it, my Dad used to say, "Who said old age was golden".
    HOLA
    25th Feb 2013
    12:25pm
    Love the picture at the top of the page, had a good laugh.
    missmarple
    25th Feb 2013
    1:02pm
    I am 69 this year and I remember as a little girl my Grandmother was talking to someone and I over heard her say " just because there is snow on the roof doesn't mean there is no fire inside " of course I didn't have a clue what she was talking about THEN but I do now
    Argonaut
    25th Feb 2013
    2:58pm
    After my husband's prostatectomy the doctor warned us unless we had regular sex my husband would not regain his potency. So now I can never say I'm too tired or have a headache and I'm pleased to say he has made a full recovery.
    Anonymous
    25th Feb 2013
    3:44pm
    Aren't you lucky, Argonaut!
    student
    25th Feb 2013
    3:33pm
    OH OH OH OHHHHHHH OH OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH OH OH OH OH ... said this widow of 22 years when she met this younger stud :)

    Oh my goodness :) said the Bishop to the barmaid :)
    Michael
    25th Feb 2013
    5:40pm
    stud---------stud-ent ---hmmmm
    student
    27th Feb 2013
    9:11am
    a couple of years ago I was told if I did two units of Psychiatry then I would be a qualified Sex Therapist!! I didn't do it 'cause I am happy studying Philosophy. There is a big need for Sex Therapy in Sydney North.

    You're too smart for me, Michael. I didn't see that coming. Maybe I'm the teacher not the student :) :)
    talofa
    25th Feb 2013
    4:01pm
    I HATE LABELS LIKE 'ELDERLY/OLDIES...WHY NAMES FOR PERFECTLY NORMAL PEOPLE
    & ANOTHER THING WHAT ABOUT 'SINGLES-BY-CHOICE' ....I THINK A GOOD 'WANK' NOW
    & THEN OR IS THAT ON THE 'NO..NO..-LIST ???? TALOFA
    student
    27th Feb 2013
    9:14am
    give me any label except 'Mature'. To be labelled 'mature' immediately places obligations and rules on you. I am no age and a free agent :) A no-age, free agent who loves sex :) and life :)
    patriciaanne
    25th Feb 2013
    4:07pm
    I hate being labeled also. If you enjoy a good wank, then go for it Talofa.
    talofa
    25th Feb 2013
    4:14pm
    GOOD ON YOU PATRICIANN...I AM GLAD WE ARE GETTING MORE HONEST...& THOSE
    RELIGION FANATICS LIKE TONY ABBOTT CAN SHUT UP....TALOFA
    patriciaanne
    25th Feb 2013
    4:19pm
    Yes I agree. Religion Just ruins lives. Abbott would think it a sin to wank.
    Michael
    25th Feb 2013
    5:45pm
    Dunno, maybe that's what made his ears grow----sort of Pinochio punishment !!
    patriciaanne
    25th Feb 2013
    5:49pm
    :)
    Julkay
    25th Feb 2013
    6:52pm
    I too hate being labeled "oldie" or "elderly". You are only as old as you feel and everything still works, so WHY NOT!
    patriciaanne
    25th Feb 2013
    6:55pm
    why not indeed. enjoy
    aquatrek
    25th Feb 2013
    10:36pm
    I have never ever in my life come across susch a vicious bunch of really mean people, and apparently its the socialists amongst us !!. No wonder human society is so screwed up with their personal ranting against others like Abbot. You all should be thoroughly ashamed of yourselves but that would be asking way too much. Despicable people indeed.
    aquatrek
    25th Feb 2013
    10:38pm
    maybe the the so called 'moderators' like Kaye would like to comment ? but from past experiences on here that is also not likely.
    student
    26th Feb 2013
    4:32pm
    aqua, are you spoiling for a fight?? Sex makes people more mellow :) The 1960's had the right idea ...

    MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR :)
    Michael
    26th Feb 2013
    4:43pm
    There are no others like Abbot !!
    aquatrek
    26th Feb 2013
    4:45pm
    @student: I am an extreme pacifist but when these sort of attitudes persist then I will fight >

    patriciaanne 25th Feb 2013 4:19pm
    Abbott would think it a sin to wank.

    Michael 25th Feb 2013 5:45pm
    Dunno, maybe that's what made his ears grow----sort of Pinochio punishment !!

    These sort of people denigrate others whenever they wish to do so but scream blue murder when it doesnt suit them. Hypocrites.
    Michael
    26th Feb 2013
    6:46pm
    For heavens sake, Aquatrek, what happened to your sense of humour ?
    aquatrek
    26th Feb 2013
    9:31pm
    you killed it off long ago
    aquatrek
    26th Feb 2013
    9:37pm
    proof oh bosom buddy Fallen Angel Michael: above 'There are no others like Abbot !!'

    'IF' I were able to put on here just one of Pickerings lampoons of Gillard you would have a blood explosion of your brain - whats left of it that is. Plus the so called moderators on here would have an epileptic fit. There are rules on here for some and not others.
    Michael
    26th Feb 2013
    11:08pm
    Aquatrek, I enjoy cartoons depicting all and sundry, Gillard with her pointy nose and ample rear-end, Abbot with his taxi door ears. I have no political favourites, party or persons. I enjoy poking fun at all, yourself included. As for having blood explosions of the brain I leave that to people such as yourself, people who take life far too seriously. For heavens sake don't get so excited !!
    student
    27th Feb 2013
    8:52am
    I have been trying to recall the politics that earned Mr. Abbott the well published remark by a female (not me unfortunately) directed to Mr. Abbott ... "Keep out of my womb" ... I think it was to do with his views and remarks on 'The-Morning-After-Pill" for women. He is good friends with Cardinal Pell . Religion should NOT come into politics. Sex is for procreation ... and FUN. It is more than an activity, it is sharing of a close emotional bond between two people, and does not signal a permanent relationship. We have bodies and emotions to be shared.

    Leave politics and religion out of the discussion for ONCE. Please. Now let's get back to sex :)
    samkel
    26th Feb 2013
    7:40am
    Tony Abbott has three beautiful daughters, his wife has never claimed to be the virgin mary so ??? If any of you know anything about the catholic religion it has never been considered sinful to have sex otherwise how would the future generation come into being. I for one would much prefer a Prime Minister such as Abbott with some morals and scruples unlike the present JULIAR!!!
    Michael
    26th Feb 2013
    11:50am
    I do believe the Catholic Church more than frowned on masturbation but had no problems with sex itself.
    student
    26th Feb 2013
    4:41pm
    Masturbation is not sex?? I know dear Pres. Clinton didn't believe oral sex was really 'sex' .
    Pell and Abbott are too closely alined for my liking. Keep religion out of politics .. both out of sex :)
    aquatrek
    26th Feb 2013
    5:04pm
    @student: spot on - ALL layers of government must be rid of ALL religion otherwise we all may as well go backwards 200+ years and relive the wars and hatred fostered then in Europe. On the other hand western style governments have come a long way. Even Julia being an atheist has been worhwhile hehe but I would never align Pell with Abbot - the two are chalk and cheese regarding intellect IMHO.
    Michael
    26th Feb 2013
    6:50pm
    Got to agree with you there, Aquatrek, chalk and cheese indeed!
    aquatrek
    26th Feb 2013
    7:05pm
    aaahhhh Michael - I knew deep down that we were bosom buddies [oh b...y h....l s....t wtf I have used a word that has strong sexual overtones - no not overtones it IS a sexual word and the sexual moderating police on here will castrate me oh b...y h....l s....t wtf I have done it again !! somebody pls help me [thats a song I think]]
    student
    27th Feb 2013
    8:59am
    aqua, I am sure Pell and Abbot are close buddys. It's not their intellect, but their faith. I am sure Abbot has had private meetings with Pell. I have a deep Catholic faith but I hope I'm not a bigot like those two.
    Michael
    26th Feb 2013
    7:54am
    Oh, dear !
    BigNev
    26th Feb 2013
    9:46am
    Unfortunately, it does after a botched TURP. The urologist cauterised all blood vessels to the penis but failed to ream out the grapefruit sized prostrate.
    A search of the web implies this is all too common.
    Octogenarian, BigNev.
    capricorn
    26th Feb 2013
    2:24pm
    If you enjoy and are lucky enough to get a good f... GOOD LUCK TO YOU go for it. Age is no barrier TONY
    capricorn
    26th Feb 2013
    2:34pm
    I am 66 and still enjoy sex but the problem is that my partner is as frigid as the proverbial and will not be in it . What should I do? I can't afford to pay for sex. Maybe I need to look for another partner. Desperate DAVO
    student
    26th Feb 2013
    4:44pm
    Desperate DAVO .... toys are cheaper than a new partner . It's fun time!! Play play play 4play !!:)
    aquatrek
    26th Feb 2013
    5:08pm
    send the partner off to counselling - if that doesnt work then start dating - try RSVP or ConnectingSingles or Oasis. I have just met the lady of my life through RSVP.
    Penqueen1949
    2nd Mar 2013
    1:46pm
    Capricorn your first sentence says it all when you refer to your partner as being frigid as the proverbial.... Has it ever occurred to you to be nicer to her? Do you ever buy her flowers for no reason or take her out to dinner? You don't need to spend much money, just use your imagination.... Maybe her hormone levels are down but I really suspect it's your attitude....
    Penqueen1949
    2nd Mar 2013
    1:46pm
    Capricorn your first sentence says it all when you refer to your partner as being frigid as the proverbial.... Has it ever occurred to you to be nicer to her? Do you ever buy her flowers for no reason or take her out to dinner? You don't need to spend much money, just use your imagination.... Maybe her hormone levels are down but I really suspect it's your attitude....
    Penqueen1949
    2nd Mar 2013
    2:05pm
    There used to be an option here to remove accidently posted multiple posts due to lousy internet connections stalling then clicking post again..... It seems now that this option has been removed.
    patriciaanne
    26th Feb 2013
    2:51pm
    I guess you need to look at the relationship and ask your self if you are happy. With what I have learnt it takes two to tango. I don't look to any one else to make me happy only I can do that for myself. I have a friend. We are friends, he is not my partner. Two mutual friends having sex.
    Penqueen1949
    2nd Mar 2013
    2:19pm
    Patricianne, I much prefer friendship love to serious relationship 'love'. My male friend has shown more respect towards me and my feelings in seven years than my now ex did in the 37 years we were together..... I do the same for him of course. :-)
    Janall
    26th Feb 2013
    9:26pm
    I just tell my wife the prostate needs a good work out! Works every time. Been married 42 years! Just as good as it was all those years ago!
    student
    27th Feb 2013
    9:02am
    love it!! Ohhhhh ... my mind is going wild with smart replies :)
    student
    27th Feb 2013
    9:05am
    what constituted good sex?? How do I know I've had good sex (or if I am ABOUT to have good sex)??? My toes curl :) :) :) Dead give away :) :)
    aquatrek
    27th Feb 2013
    4:43pm
    just when do your toes curl ?
    I am asking strictly for research purposes only
    student
    27th Feb 2013
    7:26pm
    take your choice ..
    1. Before
    2. During
    or
    3. After :)

    Change 'Greed is good' to 'Sex is good' :)

    Will I be mentioned by name in your research?? :) Is your research anything to do with 'The Curly Toe Syndrome'??

    Oh and I do really and truly believe you about the research :) Get outa here :)
    aquatrek
    27th Feb 2013
    7:54pm
    I would seek counselling because your toes are full on sexually aware/alert and responsive to participation but I worry about the rest of you - just from a clinical point of view garnered from my extensive research
    student
    28th Feb 2013
    9:51pm
    I must stop wearing thongs (leather ones.) Shoes will hide my toes. Aqua, are you trying to tell me that curling toes before/during and after sex is not normal?? I thought the sexy feeling just went to my toes and couldn't get out. Don't worry about the rest of me, it's all in top shape :) I get lots of physical exercise ;)
    aquatrek
    28th Feb 2013
    10:05pm
    hhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmm just lie quietly down here on my couch while I whisper hypnotic soothing mantra into your earholes while stroking your ...... hair - mumba mumba mumba mumba mumba ................ bugger I fell into a deep comatic sleep there for a wee while or two - was it good for U too ?
    what day is it ? why am I wearing these strange robes ? oh no .......
    aquatrek
    28th Feb 2013
    10:06pm
    just saying 'leather' does strange things to me - U ?
    student
    1st Mar 2013
    2:03pm
    well, I like leather thongs a lot. 'Specially pretty ones with sparkles. Rubber thongs don't rock my boat. Was your catatonic snooze good for me too ?? Well I had a moment to think in the silence :) mumble mumble mumble :) Now get outa here and take care of your new lady-love :)
    student
    27th Feb 2013
    7:27pm
    4. Just thinking about it :)
    Abby
    27th Feb 2013
    10:21pm
    "Just thinking about it :) "

    Spot on student

    I think you people are having thougties and not naughties :) LOL
    student
    1st Mar 2013
    2:04pm
    Abby I think you are a bit naughty too :)
    Henry
    28th Feb 2013
    3:23pm
    A old friend of mine found out he could have enjoyable sex at 80: Great! he said, I live at No 77, so I don't even have to cross the street!
    aquatrek
    28th Feb 2013
    3:29pm
    very funny but if he lived at 77 then he would have to cross the street to get to 80 - odd numbers one side and even the other


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