And when their health permits, they can sometimes be found — but hopefully left alone — having sex.
Researchers behind the study say doctors should consider this lifestyle trend in how they treat older patients.“I think from our point of view it suggests to the health professionals not to just assume that they would necessarily be sexually inactive,” said David Lee, Age UK research fellow and lead author of the study, to .
However, what levels the researchers did learn about ended up surprising them.
Men, on average, cared more about their sexual performance than women did and also reported greater dissatisfaction with their sex lives than women.
Lee and his colleagues suspect this not only leads the rest of us down an ageist path, but could compel doctors to ignore certain diagnostic questions that may be relevant to seniors’ health.“Some of that may be feeling it’s inappropriate for a younger practitioner to bring this up to an older person,” Lee said, adding that there may be a big upside to weaving in sexual activity data into the existing information physicians and nurses learn in school.
As women aged, their dissatisfaction rates actually tended to .
As horrifying as the thought of your grandparents having sex might be, the truth is they’re still people.Medical science is extending the human shelf life, which means people aren’t spending their twilight years hunched over a bowl of porridge — they’re actually .If you’re not already depressed by how little action you’ve been getting lately, then you probably won’t feel any better learning that people in their 70s and 80s are still sexually active a lot of the time.A new study finds up to 54 percent of men and 31 percent of women report having sex at least twice a month.Affection, perhaps unsurprisingly, stayed consistent in old age.
Roughly 31 percent of men and 20 percent of women reported kissing and petting on a regular basis. ) But mild public displays of affection are where our assumptions about intimacy usually end.