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 "
and "I have good sex."