Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Sex No Longer a Dirty Word

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Sex No Longer a Dirty Word

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AS an older woman, on the wrong side of 60 and in fact nearing 65, I have to say I'm having the greatest sex of my life.

In fact I'm not writing for advice on my sex life per se, but really to ask why more people don't have an active sex life well into their mature years.

Isn't it good for us? In my circle of friends, many of whom are single, but many of whom aren't, I seem to be the only one who is actively sexual.

We have discussions about our relationships and almost all my friends tell me they gave up having sex regularly years ago.

I thought times had changed and we were past the taboo of older people having sex.

I don't feel it's wrong to feel your sexiest at 60, but why am I the only one?

First of all, it's never wrong to feel your sexiest, at any age! And if you can feel increasingly sexy as you get older, then that's all the better!

Secondly, you're absolutely right that sex is good for us.

Sex is a great overall well-being tonic.

It decreases physical stress in the body, as well as decreases emotional stress.

It can alleviate mild feelings of a[approximately]the blues' (sex will not cure any kind of depression a see your doctor if you feel depressed), and sex is healthy for us as we age: we know that sexually active people feel younger, happier, more connected to their partner and in fact suffer fewer heart attacks and strokes.

Sex generally makes people feel good about themselves and their partner and increases a sense of well-being and a sense of youthfulness.

Sexual activity is definitely good for your body, mind and soul.

Most people know this, too.

And they're engaging in sexual activity because they like it, and they know it's good for them.

So either you're in a group of friends who aren't open about talking about their true sex lives, or your friends are the exception to the general public, because research reveals that actually the majority of older adults (older, defined as men and women between the ages of 57 and 85) are indeed highly sexual, and regularly so. …

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