Dear Yvonne_ I am 67 and my wife is 69 years old. We are having the time of our lives with a little help from Levitra. We are both very healthy and enjoying retirement with golf, tennis, etc. Sure would like to see a study on sex after 65. Are we normal? Jim
Dear Jim, I'm glad to hear that you have an active, fulfilling sex life since sexual intimacy in the later years is a huge quality of life component that a lot of people either ignore or don't want to hear about. But in 2004, AARP decided to look at elderly sex in a repeat study focusing on those 45 and older in the United States. It found that 49 percent of those who had regular sexual partners were having sexual intercourse at least one time per week. It also found that about two-thirds of them reported hugging or kissing their partners on a regular basis. Finally, the study found that slightly more than half of baby boomers and seniors are engaging in sexual touch or caressing on a regular basis. So if any of that sounds like you and your wife, then you fit right in with the "norm." If you're a little friskier than that, then I say enjoy your norm!
Dr. Yvonne KristAn Fulbright is a sex educator, relationship expert, columnist and founder of Sexuality Source Inc.
Sexuality Source Inc.She is the author of several books including, "Touch Me There! A Hands-On Guide to Your Orgasmic Hot Spots."