Old Age Orgasm
Happiness, Sex and Senior Citizens
Imagine an old age orgasm can save your grandparents marriage? Ok gross. No one wants to picture an old age orgasm. Most of us hope to live long enough to be considered a senior citizen. We may hope for financial stability (retirement) and maybe even a loving companion in which to share those later years of life. For those of us who are fortunate to be alive during the golden years and are married, it turns out that an old age orgasm may have something to do with overall happiness.
Many younger people may not expect senior citizens to be active or even enjoy an old age orgasm. Since at that area of life, libido may have decreased over time. According to Scientific American, the key to a happy marriage when in the 65 and older demographic is sex.
Cynthia Graber reported in a podcast that researchers mined a national data set called the 2004 General Social Surveys. They analyzed the responses of 238 married seniors, 65 and older, about happiness and sex. Some of the married individuals reported no sex at all in the previous year. For those, only 40 percent were very happy with life in general. Almost 60 percent were very happy in their marriage. But for the seniors who had sex more than once a month, the numbers jumped. Sixty percent were very happy with life, and 80 percent were very happy in their marriage.
Originally I wondered about confounding variables such as their money situation or their health, but apparently those factors were factored in the study.
The findings were presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual meeting in Boston.
This tells us that an active sex life may be important even in our later years in life, and sexual health interventions could be emphasized for older married couples who are not satisfied with their situation.
Do older folks really engage in sexual activity? Is an old age orgasm really needed for a successful and/or healthy marriage?
An article by Patricia Bloom M.D. reports that starting with the baby boomers many older people remain sexually active, including “87% of married men and 89% of married women in the 60-64 age range.” And for those over 80, Bloom reports that 29% of men and 25% of women still engage in sexual activity.
According to Tamara McClintock Greenberg, Psy.D. M.S., an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, we need to open our minds to how we perceive senior citizens. “Although the image of elderly people having sex may not be popular or cool, and may challenge our views of lifestyles in later years, it’s a normal activity that older adults actually engage in.”
She notes that one reason younger folks may not be comfortable with the idea of older folks having sex is that, “because we live in a predominantly youth-oriented society, the idea of the elderly having sex doesn’t conjure up the same satisfying expression of youthful vitality that we see in movies or on television.”
What this comes down to happiness. Although the youth of today may wrinkle their noses at the thought of two senior citizens making love, aka having an old age orgasm, we need to think about the fact that we may be in that place in life one day and we too will want to do whatever it takes to be happy, especially if we are married.