Oscar winner releases
69th film showing her true colors in wide-ranging interview on marriage,
America and long career
Dec. 2. 2016 - For five decades, Helen
Mirren has captivated audiences in theaters and cinemas—and her stature just
keeps growing. In an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM),
Mirren gives a provocative look into the mind and life of one of Hollywood’s
most versatile and daring performers.
National study sees men over
65 walking better, more vitality
Feb. 18, 2016 – Senior men
in a national study of testosterone therapy found that it works.
These men with low testosterone experienced improved sexual
function and even saw slight improvement in their ability to
walk and their sense of vitality.
Erectile dysfunction, diabetes target older men, most frequent users of ED
meds with sildenafil
Nov. 18, 2015 - Fewer senior men should
be developing diabetes now days, if a new study is correct in its finding
that sildenafil, a drug used in Viagra and other brand names, improves
insulin sensitivity and reduces the risk of diabetes.
“dietary supplements” that promise to
enhance sexual performance or sexual stimulation may contain hidden drug
ingredients - highlighted after Lamar Odom incident
Oct. 19, 2015 - Older men are
frequently associated with the use of sexual enhancement drugs and
should carefully read the latest warnings from the Food and Drug
Administration. The FDA had previously warned of the dangers of Reload,
the “herbal Viagra” reportedly taken by former L.A. Laker's basketball
star Lamar Odom last week. Odom is still in a coma.
study monitored discussions on websites in U.S., United Kingdom, Canada
June 30, 2015 - A newly published study indicates
senior citizens and other older adults are keeping the web hot with
discussions about the joys of sex and the sharing of advice about how to
keep their mojos working.
guest writer for Grand Rapids Press asks fellow religious leaders their
June 18, 2015 - An 82-year-old widow asked in a
letter to Rabbi David Krishef, “How far can we go?” She is referring to
the relationship with her new found love, an 81 year old widower. The
two had long marriages and do not wish to marry now. So, Rabbi Krishef
put the question to other religious leaders, too.
Researchers find generational shift
in beliefs about sex; biggest divide came between Boomers and Greatest
May 12, 2015 – Most of today’s senior citizens – generally people born
before the end of World War II, with a flood of baby boomers joining
their ranks – are still shocked every time they turn on TV to see how
sexual attitudes have changed. Acceptance of premarital sex is at an
all-time high, along with an acceptance of homosexuality, and that is
just the beginning, according to new research.
"I want that guy that - when
I'm doing dishes - will come up behind me and
nuzzle my neck and give me a hug,"
March 7, 2015 - The idea of
speed dating for people over 70 can evoke laughs
from anyone who's younger, along with reactions
from "how cute" to "how silly" to "how gross."
And while the documentary The Age of Love
does have plenty of ha-ha moments, most of the
time its subjects are reflecting on a need for
intimacy that never seems to die…
Sexual activity among seniors 70-plus has increased
rapidly since the 1970s - especially women
17, 2015 - Sexual activity among senior citizens age 70 and older is on the
increase – especially among women – and the majority of both sexes are
highly satisfied. Sixty percent of older women and 70 percent of older men
are highly satisfied says a new study.
New evolutionary psychology research shows gender
differences in age preferences regarding sexual partners stay about the same
through old age
Sept. 25, 2014 – This new research from Finland is probably not going to
surprise anyone. The researchers had to interview over 12,000 people to
learn that women prefer men about their age or slightly older, but men -
even senior men - prefer women in their mid-twenties. And, both
preferences seem to apply for adults up through their senior citizen years.
happy in marriage is far different than being happy in bed - None of women
looking to leave husband
Sydney McKinley, American Sociological Association
Aug. 16, 2014 - When middle-aged women seek
extra-marital affairs, they are looking for more romantic passion, which
includes sex — and don't want to divorce their husbands, suggests new
research to be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American
Men who had regular PSA screening had a increased risk of 56% for lethal
prostate cancer; effect stronger among men who had a vasectomy at younger age.
July 9, 2014 – The largest study to examine the link
between vasectomy and prostate cancer has found that men who had this birth
control procedure have a small increase in their risk of prostate cancer but a
stronger risk for advanced or lethal cases of this cancer.
Stanford study finds two abnormalities in semen
equals doubled mortality risk in 8 years
May 16, 2014 – Most of us are aware that smoking and diabetes double our
risk of death. Now, you can add a third to this deadly list – defective
semen. Men with two or more abnormalities in their semen were more than
twice as likely to die over a roughly eight-year period as men who had
normal semen, the study found.
Rutgers study shows statins improve
erectile function in men with cardiovascular disease
March 31, 2014 - A new study is giving hope to older men
concerned about the effects of cholesterol-lowering medications on their
sexual health. The research, conducted at
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,
found that statin medication prescribed to lower cholesterol and
decrease the chance of heart attack and stroke, also improves a man’s
Therapy not approved for age-related symptoms,
age-related decline of testosterone; studies find dangers for senior men
with heart conditions
Feb. 7, 2014 - Alarmed by recent studies that have raised concerns about
the safety of testosterone therapy in older men with a history of heart
disease, the Endocrine Society today called for a full evaluation.
According to a statement, the risks and benefits of testosterone therapy
for older men with declining levels of the hormone need to be fully
Study finds increased testing among men with normal
hormone levels and notes worry about potential risks associated with
Jan. 9, 2014 - Testosterone use has sharply increased among older men in
the past decade and many appear to have normal testosterone levels and
do not meet the clinical guidelines for treatment. There is rising
concern about the potential risks from unnecessary testosterone use,
according to new research to be published in the Endocrine Society's
Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
Fruit flies with better sex lives live longer in U.
Michigan Study; aging and physiology are influenced by how the brain
processes expectations and rewards
Dec. 1, 2013 - It has long been accepted that for many species the
expectation of food that does not become available shortens their lives.
Now, researchers have found the same is true when it comes to
expectations of sex that is denied. At least it appears to be true for
male fruit flies.
Large study examines potential evolutionary role of
'sexual regret' in human survival and reproduction
Nov. 25, 2113 – It has been awhile since many senior citizens had to
worry about their sexual regrets. They may be surprised, however, that
the largest and most in-depth study to date on regret surrounding sexual
activity of men and women finds there has not been much change from even
since the days when contraception was not very available or reliable.
New JAMA study finding testosterone therapy increases
cardiovascular risk has lots of other research to compete with - check
out these three
Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com
Nov. 6, 2013 – Before older men make any decisions about testosterone
therapy based on the study released today in JAMA, finding it may
increase cardiovascular risk, they need to know about a few other recent
studies. One released just last month says therapy may actually reduce
this risk, while one in September says if you have low testosterone you
have greater risk of heart problems. Or, there is one from last October
that says men become more truthful after receiving testosterone.
Results of large study urges both cautious testosterone prescribing and
additional investigation –
Nov. 6, 2013 - Among a group of older men who
underwent coronary angiography and had a low serum testosterone level,
the use of testosterone therapy was associated with increased risk of
death, heart attack, or ischemic stroke, according to a study in the
November 6 issue of JAMA.
Commonly belief that women play role of caretaker, peacemaker in
relationships; study among the first to reveal this dynamic in action
over a long period of time
4, 2013 - Marriage can be a battlefield. But a new study of middle aged
and older couples conducted at UC Berkeley has found that, when it comes
to keeping the peace, it’s more important for wives than for husbands to
calm down after a heated argument. Time and again they found that
marriages in which wives quickly calmed down during disputes were
ultimately shown to be the happiest, both in the short and long run.
Despite fears of another heart attack or dying, many
women in study started having sex within a month after their heart
July 26, 2013 – Older women think it would be easier to overcome their
fears of sex after having a heart attack if their doctors gave them more
information, according to new research in the Journal of the American
Heart Association. The women surveyed had an average age of 60 and were
married or in long-term relationships.
Cohabiting associated with better prognosis after
coronary events before and after hospitalization
31, 2013 - A large population-based study from Finland shows that being
unmarried increases the risk of fatal and non-fatal heart attack in both
men and women whatever their age. Conversely, say the study
investigators, especially among middle-aged couples, being married and
cohabiting are associated with "considerably better prognosis of acute
cardiac events both before hospitalization and after reaching the
think boomers introduced permissive attitudes in 1960s, study says
it was a decade earlier; second report says deadly syphilis, which
Columbus carried to Europe from Americas, kept cap on sex until
conquered by penicillin -
see Columbus story below lead story
By Carol Clark | eScienceCommons | Emory University
Jan. 28, 2013 - The rise in risky,
non-traditional sexual relations that marked the swinging 1960s
actually began as much as a decade earlier, during the conformist
1950s, suggests an analysis Emory University economist Andrew
Advancing age causes fall risk to rise rapidly but
this drug increases risk more than aging
19, 2012 - A drug commonly prescribed to help patients sleep in
hospitals has been associated with an increased risk of falls, according
to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. The
Food and Drug Administration warns, too, you may even have unplanned sex
after taking zolpidem (see box below).
Diabetes recognized risk for erectile dysfunction in
men, but almost no data to indicate whether it affects sexual function
July 25, 2012 - Women with diabetes – age 40 to 80
in this study - are just as likely to be interested in sex and engage
in, sexual activity as non-diabetic women, but they are much more likely
to report low overall sexual satisfaction, according to a UCSF study.
Researchers say sex is good for health and
well-being; formal policies needed
June 28, 2012 - Older people, including those with
early stage dementia, often continue to enjoy a sexual relationship in
their own homes, but once they move into residential care, lawful and
consensual sexual expression is frequently frowned upon, report
specialists from the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care in
the Journal of Medical Ethics.
Massive study declares coffee drinkers have lower
risk of death; seniors have declared coffee more important that sex -
May 17, 2012 – No wonder the U.S. is being over-run
by old people. Research from the National Cancer Institute and AARP says
the senior citizens that drink coffee - caffeinated or decaffeinated -
have a lower risk of death. Combine that with earlier research that says
seniors had rather give up sex than coffee drinking and you have a an
explosion of older people.
Read more, see video...
Underscores need for doctors to address sex as
important part of overall physical function, even after a
May 9, 2012 - Older people who were sexually active before suffering a
heart attack were one and a half times more likely to recapture their
sex lives if they received guidance on the topic before leaving the
hospital, a new study finds.
Sex life appears to take dramatic drop after age 75 –
illness, lack of partner among causes cited
April 4, 2012 - A new study published in one of the
world's largest sexuality journals, the Journal of Sexual Medicine,
analyses the factors that influence sexual activity amongst elderly
people in Spain. The results show that among senior citizens age 65 and
older 62.3% of men and 37.4% of women are sexually active.
Severe heart disease patients with symptoms from
minimal activity should not be sexually active until symptoms stabilize
Jan. 20, 2012 - If you have stable cardiovascular
disease, it is more than likely that you can safely engage in sexual
activity, according to an American Heart Association scientific
statement. It cautions, however, that medications for erectile
dysfunction aren’t safe for all men and women should be counseled on
safety of contraceptives.
About half the women over 80 report sexual
satisfaction almost always or always in new study
Jan. 3, 2012 - A new study of sexually active older
women has found that sexual satisfaction in women increases with age but
those not engaging in sex are satisfied with their sex lives. A majority
of study participants report frequent arousal and orgasm that continue
into old age, despite low sexual desire.
Almost 80% who had sex more than once a month said
they were very happy with their marriage
Nov. 28, 2011 - The more often older married individuals engage in
sexual activity, the more likely they are to be happy with both
their lives and marriages, according to new research presented this
month in Boston at The Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA)
64th Annual Scientific Meeting.
Testosterone may help senior men preserve muscle and delay
frailty; men lose more muscle and strength than women as they age
Oct. 27, 2011 - A recent study of men 65 and older finds
elderly men with higher levels of testosterone lost less lean muscle mass,
especially if they were losing weight. In these men, higher testosterone levels
were also resulted in less loss of lower body strength. Loss of muscle mass and
strength contribute to frailty and are associated with falls, mobility
limitations and fractures.
M.D. Anderson CAREss study finds internet-based
sexual counseling as effective as traditional therapy;
26, 2011 - Prostate cancer survivors and their partners experience
improved sexual satisfaction and function after couples counseling,
according to research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer
Center. ... both Internet-based sexual counseling and traditional sex
therapy are equally effective in improving sexual outcomes.
Problem still there but it helps men make better informed
decisions with realistic expectations - watch video report
Sept. 20, 2011 – The likely prospect of erectile
dysfunction after treatment for prostate cancer is certainly one of the worst
fears of men facing decisions on their treatment. There is helpful news,
however, from scientists who have developed a means of predicting erectile
function two years after treatment, which can help men in better understanding
their recovery and making educated decisions.
more, watch video....
When significant other gets to buddy-buddy with his
buddies, sex life suffers
Aug. 8, 2011 – It is not only physical problems or
aging that can cause erectile dysfunction in older men. Researchers say
a potential new source for sexual problems among middle-aged and older
men has to do with their female partner and her relationship with his
More elderly couples live together without marrying
In their 70s, 80s and beyond, older couples meet in seniors-only
housing and live together unencumbered by marriage vows. Their
relationships are committed and bonded, meant to last the rest of
their lives, sometimes even informally blessed by clergy.
According to U.S. census figures, co-habitation numbers for people
65 and older have tripled in the past decade, jumping from 193,000
in 2000 to 575,000 in 2010. Read in
OurTime.com poll finds 82% of 50+ are happier, more
optimistic than when younger; 85% say companionship more important
July 18, 2011 – Most young people may not look
forward to passing the half-century mark but new research by Harris
Interactive shows 82 percent of Americans over the age of 50 are
actually happier than when they were younger.
Second study finds older men more likely to lose the
ability to orgasm due to gabapentin
June 14, 2011 - A decline in testosterone levels as men grow older is
likely the result - not the cause - of deteriorating general health, say
Australian scientists, whose new study finds that age, in itself, has no
effect on testosterone level in healthy older men.
Prostatic artery embolization as effective as popular
TURP surgical method; more than half of senior men have enlarged
prostate; also silodosin a new treatment for prostatitis
May 18, 2011 - A new radiology treatment that
limits blood flowing to a man’s enlarged prostate gland – an ailment
impacting over half of male senior citizens - appears to be as effective
as today’s most popular treatment, but without the risks, such as sexual
dysfunction, urinary incontinence, blood loss and retrograde
ejaculation, noted researchers...
Study sees short-term increase in risk of heart
attack, cardiac death- watch video
March 23, 2011 - When it comes to sex and exercise,
you better do it on a regular basis and this may be especially important
for senior citizens. New research says both activities can trigger a
short-term increased risk of heart attack and sudden cardiac death. But,
the risk is low for those who maintain regular physical activity.
Read more, watch video...
Dutasteride can cause persistent erectile
dysfunction, depression, loss of libido
March 7, 2011 - Older men with symptoms of lower urinary tract symptoms
or fearful of prostate cancer, now have to deal with new onset sexual
and mental health problems – including persistent erectile dysfunction
(ED) – due to the use of 5a-reductase inhibitors to treat their
problems, according to a new study in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Read
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Ann is a former nun making up for lost time in the cast. Link to
video in story.
Tomorrow night Sunset
Daze winds down the season on Retirement Living TV with rip roaring finale -
link in story to video
Feb. 15, 2011 –
Retirement Living TV is sure to get a little spicy for many senior citizens
tomorrow, when Dr. Ruth Westheimer joins the RLTV network for the season finale
of Sunset Daze. She will be making off scene appearances to discuss the needs of
the senior characters – love, relationships and, certainly, their sex lives.