This discomfort can, in turn, lead to sleep problems, depression, isolation, and difficulty moving around.These can interfere with intimacy between older people. Narrowing and hardening of the arteries known as atherosclerosis can change blood vessels so that blood does not flow freely."Society's view of aging women as sexless is wrong, wrong, wrong," Price writes. She urges these women to ask their partners to prove they've been tested for STIs."Many of them say, 'I can't ask that,'" Forsythe says.She had been dating for years following her divorce, mostly short-term relationships, and was always careful to use condoms in bed.Price, author of Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty, says that when she and her now husband were ready to get intimate, she asked him point blank: "Shall I get the condoms or will you?
I have stronger views on this subject than many others because my father was 27 years older than my mother, but they remained happy and in love until he died at 78 (a year short of their 25th wedding anniversary).
The last time they had to deal with meeting a partner they were more concerned with getting pregnant than catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
Still, the sex life of the 50-plus set is alive and well. We practically invented sex." At monthly gatherings called "Sex on the Porch," sex educator and coach Katherine Forsythe hosts an open forum for women 50 and older to discuss sexuality.
"I ask them how they'll feel telling every sexual partner for the rest of your life you have HIV.
Normal aging brings physical changes in both men and women. The walls become thinner and also a little stiffer.