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Older Adults Still Enjoy Sex and Physical Tenderness

Older Adults Still Enjoy Sex and Physical Tenderness

Some may think that older adults aren’t interested in sex and affection, but a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study shows that isn’t always the case.

Sexual activity and the sharing of “physical tenderness” (like fondling and kissing) is still common among older adults, especially if they have partners.

Scientists looked at interview data from 2,374 people in Netherlands. All the participants were age 65 or over. About two-thirds of them had partners.

Over 80% of the partnered individuals had experienced physical tenderness within the previous six months. About half the men and 40% of the women had had sexual activity during that time.

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