The Golden Age of Sex
Many Baby Boomers, Seniors Say Their Spark Is Still Going Strong
WebMD News Archive
Better Health, Better Sex Life
When asked what would improve their sex life, the No. 1 answer was better
health. That ranked ahead of a better relationship, a more adventurous or
younger partner, more free time, and more privacy.
Many had health problems, including 42% with high blood pressure, 35% with
high cholesterol, 28% with arthritis or rheumatism, 22% with back problems, 16%
with diabetes, and 10% with depression. (Each person could report more than one
A lot of participants had also tried medicines, hormones, or other
treatments to improve their sex lives. That included 22% of men, a substantial
increase since 1999, says the study.
Among men, 31% said they were moderately or completely impotent, and 17%
said they had been diagnosed with impotence, says AARP.
Baby boomers and senior citizens still need to protect themselves from HIV
and other sexually transmitted diseases, says Satcher.
Gender, Racial Differences
"Sex is far more important to the overall quality of life of men than
women," says the survey. Men who took the survey thought about and engaged
in sex more often than the women. Only about 3% of men said they didn't
particularly enjoy sex, compared to 15% of women.
Sexual satisfaction was reported most often by Hispanics (56%) and least
often by Asians (49%). Blacks and Hispanics were more likely than whites and
Asians to say that their partner was extremely satisfied with their
relationship, says the study.
Additional surveys were done to ensure diversity.
Changing Practices, Traditional Views?
The survey showed an increase in people seeking information about sex,
reporting sexual thoughts, and citing sex as important in a relationship, says
AARP. But that doesn't mean the participants had an "anything goes"
Nearly three out of four people (73%) agreed or strongly agreed that society
places too much emphasis on sex. Only 7% of those with regular sex partners
said they would try or ask their partner to try sex outside of marriage with
their partner's consent.