When are we too old to have sex?

oavbpk0-copyA recent article at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-12/seniors-and-sexuality-how-old-is-too-old-to-have-sex/7924772 by Jessica Hinchliffe asks the big question, do we just stop having sex at a certain age?

Dr Catherine Barrett, founder of the OPAL (Older People and Sexuality) Institute, says that in spite of the stereotype (that sex and older people don’t go together) many people continue to enjoy sex into old age.

We know this from the many surveys carried out world wide, so why do these stereotypes persist? One way of overcoming them is to talk more to each other about senior sex. One problem, of course, is that many older people have never talked a lot about sex to anyone, so starting to discuss this subject in one’s 60s and 70s is quite hard. At least that is what I found.

Nevertheless actually learning more about what happens to our sexuality as we age and beginning a conversation with other seniors has opened up a new way of thinking and living for me. And I do believe the anonymity the internet provides makes it an ideal place to have these discussions without embarrassment.

What do you think about the stereotype of the non-sexual older person? Can you talk about this subject with your friends? Love to hear from you.



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