A variety of myths prevail about sexuality and aging, many of which are accepted by the elderly themselves. How aging actually affects sexuality is explored here, as is the social worker's potential role in educating and supporting elderly clients in regard to sexual issues. Most users should sign in with their email address.
Sexual health is important at any age. And the desire for intimacy is timeless. As you age, sex may not be the same as it was in your 20s, but it can still be very fulfilling.
Fantasies can help rev up your sex life. Myths, on the other hand, can stop desire dead in its tracks. Such myths aren't the legends from classical history.
Many people want and need to be close to others as they grow older. For some, this includes the desire to continue an active, satisfying sex life. With aging, that may mean adapting sexual activity to accommodate physical, health, and other changes.
Articles in the December issue discuss various health issues affecting school-aged children, including acne, eczema and growth disorders. Volume 39, No. Sexuality has become a medical issue in association with aging.
We respect your privacy. Sexual pleasure and interest in sex does not decrease with age for many people. Older men and women can enjoy intimacy and pleasure through sex, as well as reaffirm their shared feelings of warmth, love, and affection.
The need for intimacy is ageless. And studies now confirm that no matter what your gender, you can enjoy sex for as long as you wish. Naturally, sex at 70 or 80 may not be like it is at 20 or 30—but in some ways it can be better.
It is a myth that sexual desire and activity automatically fade as a natural, irreversible part of aging. Sexual feelings often depend more on how we feel about our bodies and our relationships than our age. I have a new surge of interest in sex.
The issues surrounding sex in older people are still not openly discussed. Older people have been stereotyped as asexual and devoid of feelings or emotion, but this of course is wrong. The way people express themselves sexually varies widely.