Does the idea of older people having sex make you squeamish? Does it repel or gross you out? Do you regard it with disbelief and worthy only of a joke? Do you think of older people having sex as anything but hot, sensual, arousing and real? The photo was a piece of commissioned artwork for a calendar on challenging taboos: Old people having sex was one of them. Malek told The Huffington Post that the man and the woman in the photo had never met before the day of the shoot.
While the frequency of sex often declines with age, many older adults—of course—can and do have sex. In fact, roughly 40 percent of men and women ages 65 to 80 are sexually active, according to a survey. Although sexual activity is considered an important measure of the quality of life for the majority of older adults, there are a number of problems that can arise with age. While treatments have improved for conditions such as erectile dysfunction in men and vaginal dryness , incontinence, and uterine prolapse in women, people may not bring these concerns to their doctor's attention.
The Photo That Proves Older People Having Sex Is Beautiful
Lee Smith does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Sexual activity is an essential part of intimate relationships, though it tends to decline as people get older. But although research shows that frequency of sexual activity can decrease with age, for many older people, sex still remains an important part of their life.
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. There are many different ways to have sex and be intimate—alone or with a partner.