Researchers find generational shift
in beliefs about sex; biggest divide came between Boomers and Greatest
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
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
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 evaluated.
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 &
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
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
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
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.
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
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".
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 |
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
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).
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.
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...
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 life-threatening
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
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...
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...
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...
Almost 80% who had sex more than once a month said they were very happy with their marriage
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...
Testosterone may help senior men preserve muscle and delay frailty; men lose more muscle and strength than women as they age
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
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. Read more...
Problem still there but it helps men make better informed decisions with realistic expectations - watch video
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....
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
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. Read more...
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.
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 more...
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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.