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What are the Roadblocks to Healthy Senior Sex?

Knowledge, communication and patience are keys to enjoying sex at any age


Let's put one myth to bed right now. Getting older doesn't mean losing your desire for sex or your need for affection and intimacy.

Your need for intimate physical and emotional connection is ageless. In fact, sharing your life in a fulfilling intimate relationship, which often includes a healthy sexual relationship, can have positive effects on virtually every aspect of your life, from physical health to self-esteem.

Fortunately, most people continue to have sexual fantasies and desires throughout their lives, usually well into their 80s and 90s.

While senior sex at 60 or 70 may not be the same as it was when you were in your 20s or 30s, with a little extra attention and effort it can be as fulfilling and enjoyable as ever.

The key is to understand the age-related physical and psychological changes you and your partner are going through, and to make adjustments to help you accommodate and capitalize on those changes. That's what makes senior sex better.

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