Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging - Cultural and Psychological Factors
In addition to
physical changes, there are cultural and psychological factors that affect
sexuality in later years. For example, in our culture, sexuality is equated
with youthful looks and youthful vigor. Too many people seem to think that as a
person ages, he or she becomes less desirable and less of a sexual being. Older
adults may accept this stereotype and buy into the notion that they are not
permitted or expected to be sexual.
Joy in sex and loving knows no
age barriers. Almost everyone has the capacity to find lifelong pleasure in
sex. To believe in the myth that older people have no interest in sex is to
miss out on wonderful possibilities.
Being single through choice,
divorce, or widowhood can present a problem as well. As you get older, you may
not have as many people in your age group to choose from for partners. Women
and men who are single may not know how to deal with their sexual feelings.
Generally speaking, it is better to express your desires than to suppress them
until you are no longer aware that they exist.
emotional needs change with time and circumstance. Intimacy and sexuality may
or may not be important to you. The issue here is one of choice. If you freely
decide that sex is no longer right for you, then that is the correct decision.
It is possible to live a fulfilling life without sex. However, if you choose to
continue enjoying your sexuality, you deserve support and encouragement. You
may still find uncharted sensual territories to explore.