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They may be balding, going deaf or living in a nursing home, but they need some lovin’, and according to a recent study, they’re getting it, too.

A study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that people remain sexually active well into their 70s. Regardless of the lack of libido and the onset of sexual dysfunction, people reported keeping their sex life in full working order.

Based on interviews that polled 3,000 Americans ranging in age from 57 to 85, two-thirds were sexually active and claimed to have sex at least twice a month. After about the age of 70, about half continued in that direction.

One aspect of the study that might not be surprising is that the women reported sexual activity far less than their male peers. I guess some things never change. Women were also more likely to say the pleasure they once felt from sex is no longer there.

This survey is self-proclaimed as the first truly representative project performed that shows “normal sexual activity” for older adults. Studies have been done before on this topic, but those sample respondents weren’t nationally representative.

Lead author of the study, Dr. Stacy Tessler Lindau, an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and geriatrics at the University of Chicago, hopes that the study will help prompt people to understand what is normal at their age. She also hopes people will feel more comfortable talking to their doctors about their sexual activity.

andrea @ June 3, 2009

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