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Sex Health News for Seniors

Feeling younger than your age leads to better sex for seniors

Sept. 19, 2017 - It is probably not a surprise, but researchers have confirmed that older adults who feel younger than their actual age are more satisfied with their sex life and in having one.

Sex Health News for Seniors

Sex beats puzzles, games as way for senior citizens to increase brain power

The more often it occurs, the smarter older adults become, finds new study

July 20, 2017 - So, you thought doing puzzles, crosswords or adult coloring books were the things to do as a senior to increase your brain power. Read this and you will know that a better way may be  to have more sex.

The word “slut”? “I love the way young women are claiming it,” Helen Mirren

Sex Health News for Seniors

Helen Mirren as sexy, vital, feisty as ever in AARP magazine

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. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Older couple flirting on park benchSenior citizens increasingly satisfied with their sex lives and more active

Elderly enjoying more sex and highly satisfied - even half of 97-year-olds have positive attitude about sex

March 28, 2016 – Six out of every ten women and seven out of every ten men over 70 are highly satisfied...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Senior men find testosterone therapy works for better sex and health

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. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Older man studies drug labelSeniors taking Viagra may also be lowering their risk of diabetes

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. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

FDA warns senior men about herbal alternatives for erectile dysfunction

“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.

Sex Health News for Seniors

Senior citizens keeping web hot with discussions about sex

curious couple searching the internetNew study monitored discussions on websites in U.S., United Kingdom, Canada and Australia

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. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Is sexual intimacy between unmarried senior citizens sinful?

Rabbi guest writer for Grand Rapids Press asks fellow religious leaders their opinions

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. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Senior couple showing puzzlementSenior citizens and young adults are an earthquake apart on sexual attitudes

Researchers find generational shift in beliefs about sex; biggest divide came between Boomers and Greatest Generation

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. More...

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Speed Dating For Seniors Who Aren't Interested In Slowing Down

"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… NPR

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens highly satisfied with sex lives: men more than women

Sexual activity among seniors 70-plus has increased rapidly since the 1970s - especially women

Older couple happy, making selfieMarch 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. More...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

What Age of Sexual Partner Do Senior Men and Women Prefer?

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.

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Middle-Aged Women Missing Passion - and Sex - Seek Affairs, Not Divorce

Being happy in marriage is far different than being happy in bed - None of women looking to leave husband

By 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 Sociological Association. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Vasectomy Appears to Increase Risk of Aggressive, Lethal Prostate Cancer

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. More...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Male Infertility Right Up There with Smoking, Diabetes as Death Risk

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. Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Older Men Finding Sex Life Gets Better by Lowering Their Cholesterol

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 erectile function. Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Older Men on Testosterone Should be Warned of Cardiovascular Risks, Says Endocrine Society

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 evaluated. Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Many Older Men – Maybe too Many – Start Testosterone Therapy Without Clear Medical Need

Study finds increased testing among men with normal hormone levels and notes worry about potential risks associated with testosterone use

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. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Sexual Frustration Causes Faster Aging, Serious Health Problems

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. Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Sexual Regrets Have Not Changed for Men or Women Overtime, Study Finds

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. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Testosterone Therapy Lowers Cardiovascular Risk, or Maybe Not, But It Makes Men Honest

New JAMA study finding testosterone therapy increases cardiovascular risk has lots of other research to compete with - check out these three

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

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. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Testosterone Therapy Increases Cardiovascular Risk in Older Men

Results of large study urges both cautious testosterone prescribing and additional investigation – see video

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. Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

In Older Couples It is How Fast Wife Calms Down After Conflict That Predicts Marriage Longevity

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

Nov. 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. Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Older women want doctors’ help in facing fears about sex after heart attack

Despite fears of another heart attack or dying, many women in study started having sex within a month after their heart attack

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. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Marriage Reduces Risk of Heart Attack in Both Men and Women and of All Ages

Cohabiting associated with better prognosis after coronary events before and after hospitalization

Jan. 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 hospital alive". Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Sexual Revolution Began in 50s Due to Penicillin – Earlier Than Most Seniors from 50s Realized

Most 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 Francis. Read more,

Aging News & Information

Inpatient Sleeping Drug Quadrupled Fall Risk; May Boost Risk of Unexpected Sex?

Advancing age causes fall risk to rise rapidly but this drug increases risk more than aging

Nov. 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). Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Older Women with Diabetes More Likely to Experience Sexual Dissatisfaction

Diabetes recognized risk for erectile dysfunction in men, but almost no data to indicate whether it affects sexual function in women

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. Read more...

Consensual Sex Denied in Nursing Homes Due to Dementia, Old Age

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. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Does Coffee Deserve Credit for Boom in Senior Citizen Population?

Massive study declares coffee drinkers have lower risk of death; seniors have declared coffee more important that sex - see video

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...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Doctors' Advice Key in Heart Attack Victims' Return to Healthy Sex Life

Underscores need for doctors to address sex as important part of overall physical function, even after a life-threatening event

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. Read more...

Spanish Study of Sex Life of Elderly Finds Men Much More Active Than Women

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. Read more...

Sexual Activity is Safe for Most Heart Patients: American Heart Association

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. Read more...

Sexual Satisfaction for Older Women Increases with Age into 80s

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. Read more...

Happiest Senior Citizen Couples Are Having the Most Sex, Study Finds

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. Read more...

Older Men With Higher Testosterone Levels Lose Less Muscle, Strength As They Age

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. Read more...

Sexual Intimacy After Prostate Treatment Improves Through Couples’ Counseling

M.D. Anderson CAREss study finds internet-based sexual counseling as effective as traditional therapy; watch videos

Sept. 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. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Models Predict Likelihood of Erectile Function Return After Prostate Cancer Treatment

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. Read more, watch video....

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Study Finds Erectile Dysfunction in Senior Men Sometimes Linked to Female Partner

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 buddies. Read more...

More elderly couples live together without marrying

By Anita Creamer
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 Sacramento Bee

News for Baby Boomers

Happiness Begins When You Pass Age 50 Finds Harris Survey for Dating Site 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. Read more...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Older Age Does Not Cause Testosterone Levels To Decline In Healthy Men

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. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Surgery-Free Treatment for Enlarged Prostate Avoids Sexual Dysfunction

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... Read more

Occasional Sexual Activity or Physical Exercise Can Be Killers

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...

Popular Drugs Used by Older Men for Urinary, Prostate Problems Can Affect Sexual Health

Finasteride and 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 more...

Dr. Ruth Westheimer to Liven Up Final Episode of Television's Hottest Senior Citizen Show

Watch the video promotion of TV's hottest show about senior citizens. 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. Read more...




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