Sex After 65? Many Seniors Say Absolutely

40% report sexual activity and more than half say that intimacy adds to quality of life
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2018 1:44 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Are seniors having sex? The survey says … yes. A new national study of 1,002 adults ages 65 to 80 has found that although frequency of sex declines with age and illness, many are still having sex and most older adults are happy with their sex lives. Investigators at the University of Michigan conducted the National Poll on Healthy Aging in late 2017 with funding from AARP. Among the findings reported in Time and USA Today:

  • Overall, 40% of seniors report being sexually active
  • Overall, 31% of the women and 51% of the men said they were sexually active
  • 46% of respondents age 65 to 70 reported being sexually active
  • 39% of respondents age 71 to 75 reported being sexually active
  • 25% of respondents age 76 to 80 reported being sexually active

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