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Majority of over-65s would like more sex, survey finds

From BBC - February 13, 2018

Older people are often assumed to want amiable companionship in later life rather than passion-fuelled romance.

But a survey of 2,002 older Britons suggests 52% of over-65s feel they do not have enough sex, and nearly a third are happy to have sex on a first date.

It also found one in 10 over-75s have had multiple sexual partners since turning 65.

The charity Independent Age said its survey showed age was "no barrier to having a sex life".

'You should enjoy life'

Dennis Allen, from Somerset, has not let age stand in the way of his and his wife's sex life.

The 84-year-old married Pauline, 85, his fourth wife, in 2004.

He said the pair were on average sexually active twice a week.

"If you are up for it, you should enjoy life," he said.

"You never know when you are going to be past your sell-by date."

Dennis said both he and Pauline, 85, had made sure to exercise and look after themselves, in part so they remained attractive to each other.

He said: "Let's put it frankly, if you were a young lady and you saw your husband was sitting there with a great big beer belly, smoking a fag out of his mouth, what would would you think? Would you fancy him?

'Little discussion of sex lives'

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