Elderly Like Sex

On the lower left hand edge of the front page of the Washington Post is a hot story, "Elderly Staying Sexually Active."

Spokesperson for the University of Chicago says, "There is a popular perception that older people aren't as interested in sex as younger people." She goes on, " Our study shows that's simply not true. Older people value sexuality as an important part of life."

From the National Institute on Aging, the primary funder for the study comes, " This study paints a portrait of this aspect of older Americans' lives that suggests a previously uncharacterized vitality and interest i sexuality." She goes on. " This has not perhaps been fully appreciated."

I have a few questions to ask:

Who are these people?

Where have they been?

How old are they?

Its sort of like hearing someone wake up one morning, realizing that their grandparents DO IT!


Is this a medical break through - or just another sign of the aging of the "boomers."

Sometime last year, well before this study, I ran into an artist I know as I was dropping off a deposit at the bank. She told me she was leaving for Europe in a couple of days, traveling alone. We talked about her trip and then I commented on how well she looked.

Actually she looked fabulous, tall, willowy, a short bob of snow white hair, and a peaches and cream complexion.

" Not bad for a 91 year old broad, if I do say so myself."

" I don't believe you are 91 - how do you keep so well?"

"Well, my dear, I am 91. And I tell everyone my secret.

I take my pills, just like the doctor tells me to and "
she paused,

and "I have good sex."

True story.


pattidigh said...

Amen! I wonder - as I navigate young teenage life with my older daughter - how and why we are so fearful of acknowledging that at a very fundamental level (and from a very young age - and to a very old age) we are sexual creatures... love this story. That's who I want to be when I'm 91!

Granny Sue said...

I'm just catching up with you, Ellouise! Lots of interesting things to think about on your blog lately. I loved the cat story--we once had about 30, I think, all the progeny of one Mama cat named Minnie. I loved her, but my was she fruitful. My mother made us get rid of her and all the kittens except two. A boy and a girl. Soon we were back in the cat business!

Nunnie's Attic said...

I love it. As a "young" wife, myself being 34, who is madly in love with her husband, I sincerely hope that when I reach the age of AARP and discounts that we're still going strong.

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