Older Folks Are Having More Sex, At Least In Sweden

I’ve been seeing quite a few articles and news reports over the last week about a bit of research coming from the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy about the sexual experiences of older folks. There’s some pretty good news there. The study’s participants reported that they’re having more sex, fewer sexual difficulties, and are more outgoing when compared to similar folks in 1970.

That’s all good news, but it took a bit of digging to track down the original press release (linked above), and then further work to confirm what I suspected. All of the participants came from Gothenburg, Sweden. Given that attitudes towards sex are pretty different compared to those in the US, I don’t expect these results to apply to folks in this country. That’s too bad, since they’re pretty encouraging.

If we want to help move in that direction, we need to make it happen. Get a copy of Naked At Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex. It’s one of the best books on the topic of sex & aging. And don’t wait until you’re 60 to get it. The best time to learn this info is before you need it because it’ll cut down on the surprise factor. There’s no reason why sex has to stop at any age, and the more you know, the easier it is to find ways to keep enjoying it.

In the meantime, while I’m always interested in sex research like this, I think it’s important to remember to do a little digging. If I’d taken the various reports at face value, I wouldn’t have realized that this study probably doesn’t have much connection to folks here in the US.

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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