New research at the University of Manchester found that adults are having sex well into their 70s and 80s, and they're not too shy to talk about it.Only 3% of the 7,000 respondents declined to answer questions about their sex lives.Here's a between-the-sheets peek at what the study revealed: • 31% of men and 20% of women in their 70s and 80s reported they were still kissing, hugging and messing around with their partners.• 54% of men and 31% of women over age 70 reported they were still sexually active, with a third saying they have sex at least twice a month.The research shows that many older adults just aren't into it anymore.Women are more likely than men to report a lack of desire as the primary reason they're not pursuing sex.Our sex lives have hummed along well enough, thank you very much, thanks to our many years of experience.We suspect that once the youngsters are done feeling icky about the idea that Grandma and Grandpa do it, they'll be relieved to know their sex life doesn't have to have a shelf life.
That's a big mistake because many of the sexual problems they mention have practical, easy-to-achieve solutions, such as using lubricants, medications and creams.
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Contrary to what many young people think, older adults are having sex and, according to recent studies, plenty of it.
For those of us of a certain age, this isn't new information.