should know about aging and sexuality:
1) As one ages,
the amount of sexual activity generally decreases, however, the
amount of sexual interest and ability remains fairly constant.
2) If one's
sexuality is constant throughout life, the biological changes associated
with aging are less pronounced and sexuality is usually less affected.
that sexuality is normal and natural in old age is an important
step to realizing one's own sexuality and becoming more comfortable
4) There is
more to sexuality than just vaginal intercourse. There are many
other forms of intimate expression ranging from holding hands, to
kissing, to masturbation, to oral sex. Understanding that these
options are available and acceptable can enrich sexual expression
5) Sexual activity
is possible and takes place through the 70s and beyond!
health" can be beneficial to the overall health of an elderly
7) The physical
exertion associated with sex is near the equivalent to walking up
two flights of stairs. With this in mind, it is easy to understand
that sex for the patient of a heart operation would rarely be dangerous.
(Consult your physician concerning the risks associated with sex
following a major heart surgery.)
in later life is acceptable and natural.
9) If you have
concerns related to health and sexual function (including drug interactions,
chronic health problems, or surgical procedures) make a point to
discuss these concerns with your physician or seek counselling and
education from a therapist.