Sex still important to seniors

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.


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’?

Written by Debbie McTaggart