Seniors And Intimacy
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There is no need to lie about your age or hide the fact that your body has gotten older. Your joints may not move as easily as they use to. You may not have the energy you use to have but guess what? There are exercises you can do and medicine you can take to help you with moving. In this article, we are going to talk about how an active sex life can help you feel energized and able to move better. There is no shame in having intimacy, sex, and being a senior. Let’s explore!!!

There is a stigma surrounding sex. A lot of the stigma about seniors having sex comes from our family history and the way we deal with sex. For some reason, no one likes to mention that three-letter curse word. SEX! No one wants to hear about their parents, let alone their grandparents, having sex. Since most people do not want to discuss these topics, it leaves a lot of room for assumptions. Most people think that seniors don’t enjoy sex or even have sex. As you get older though, sex is more about being able to connect with your partner in every way, shape, and form. Did you know that over 20% of men and women over the age of 65 reported having a better sex life now that they are older compared to when they were in their twenties and thirties?

Even though not every senior is or can be sexually active, there are a lot of pluses to having sex and intimacy. Dr. Walter Bortz, a professor at Stanford Medical School and a geriatrics expert, has said “it is beneficial to use it or lose it”. According to Dr. Bortz, sex is an innate instinct that has led to the survival of our species. Dr. Bortz claims that people who have sex and are married they tend to live longer. This is because people need other people. We thrive best when we are in a “pack” and have others to lean on. People need to have connections with other people even if they are seniors. The closer the connection to someone, the more connected they will be. Most seniors don’t want to slow down just because they are getting older. They want to be young at heart and body. Sex can help them do that.

Men and women between the ages of sixty and eight-five are still interested in having an active sex life. As of the 2000 US Census Bureau, one out of ten Americans were over the age of 65. In the year 2030, that number is expected to go down to one out of five. Many studies have been done on seniors and the benefits of active sex life. One of the greatest benefits is the creativity it takes to get intimate with your partner. As you age, sex becomes more intimate with more touching, holding, and kissing. Being intimate with your partner can improve your relationship through increased communication you connect with them on a deeper emotional level.

Some physical benefits of active sex life are improved self-esteem and overall emotional well-being as well as lower blood pressure, improved immune system, reduced stress, and increased energy levels. Having an intimate connection with your partner is also beneficial for your mind. When you have sex, your brain releases endorphins which are your feel-good hormones.

As a senior, you are familiar with your body. If you have concerns or serious health issues, it’s important to discuss these with your doctor to make sure that you are healthy
enough to exercise or engage in other rigorous activities.

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