"For many older Americans, sex remains an important and vital part of their lives," said James Firman, PhD, president and CEO of The National Council on Aging (NCOA). According to a surveyreleased by NCOA, nearly half of all Americans age 60 and older engage in sexual activity at least once a month. The survey was conducted by Roper Starch Worldwide.
The survey also showed that only 39% of all respondents said they are satisfied with the amount of sex they have. Men were twice as likely as women to report wanting more sex.
"When older people are not sexually active," according to Neal E. Cutler, PhD, NCOA's director of research, "it is usually because they lack a partner or because they have a medical condition."
"Love and Life: A Healthy Approach to Sex for Older Adults," a program developed by Pfizer Incorporated and endorsed by the NCOA, is designed to increase understanding among older adults that a healthy sex life is natural and that sexual dysfunction is not an inevitable aspect of aging. The program is expected to raise awareness and understanding among older adults that intimacy can continue well into later years.
The complete "Love and Life" kit provides educational materials, such as brochures, training manuals, a videotape, and other aids for use by professionals who work with older adults.
* Talking to Your Doctor About Sex: A brochure to help generate effective conversation between patients and physicians.
* Sex: A Natural Part of Your Life: A brochure for educating older adults and partners about sexuality, and exploring attitudes about sexuality and myths about sexual expectations and practices.
* Sexual Challenges and Solutions: A brochure for educating older adults about sexual dysfunction, chronic diseases, and the aging process, discussing medical conditions which may contribute to sexual difficulties and providing information about treatment options.
* Program Video: A videotape for use during workshops, featuring health care professionals and older adults discussing issues of sexuality and aging.
For more information on the "Love and Life" program, call NCOA's Consumer Information Network at (877) 390-7828, or access the Web site at http://www.ncoa.org.