Many older men sexually satisfied in 70s, 80s, even 90s
December 6th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

Many older men sexually satisfied in 70s, 80s, even 90s

File this in the "age isn't anything but a number" category:  Older men enjoy a satisfying sex life well in to their golden years, finds a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers surveyed about 2,800 men in Australia, ages 75 to 95, and found a third of them had at least one sexual encounter with a partner in the last year.  56 percent of those men reported satisfying sex lives.  Sex was considered to be a "somewhat important" part of life for 48 percent of the respondents, including men ages 90 to 95.

"Sexuality is an innate component of our make-up as human beings," says Michael Reece, Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, who was not affiliated with the study. "We're sexual beings from birth until death."

The study did find that sexual activity decreased with age; study participants in their 70s had more sex than their peers in their 90s. Indeed, medical factors including decreased testosterone levels, prostate cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and depression were all associated with an absence of sexual activity among the men surveyed.

Plus, social factors such as having a partner who is not interested in sex, or not having a partner at all, were also found to limit a person's prospects for sex later in life.

"Men who have partners versus the ones who do not usually have a much different sexual profile and a much happier one," says Pepper Schwartz, the Sexuality, Love and Relationship Ambassador for the AARP. "Access is the issue, not desire."

The annals study affirms what Reece and his team discovered back in October after looking in to the sexual behaviors of older Americans. In a study funded by Church and Dwight, the company that makes Trojan condoms, they found that as many as 30 percent of Americans were sexually active in to their 80s. Both studies are part of a growing body of research looking at sex in a population often overlooked or thought of as asexual.

"As a society we don't really endorse the idea of older people looking for or finding sexual partners," says Reece.

Schwartz agrees and says an older person wanting to develop a sex life should feel empowered to start a new relationship.

"The hardest person to seduce is yourself," says Schwartz. "You have to get in to the right mindset, get over yourself and think that you are desirable. And once you do that... someone else will think that too."

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  1. word to ya granny

    bow chica bow wow

    December 6, 2010 at 21:54 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SOCAL frank

    when it all gets to heavy
    that's when they come and they go
    with only one thing in common
    they've got the fire down below



    December 6, 2010 at 21:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Amy

      My husband never made it out of his low 20s. Since 22 or so my husband ended our sex life. He totally hated sex, for it was messy., smelly, gross and vile to the point of vomiting. We had the token sex on our wedding night and then that was the end of that. Since that night till today 46+ years later his out look never changed toward sex. Also we haven't interacted with each other for all this time. He's been living in his basement apartment !

      February 12, 2014 at 21:50 | Report abuse |
  3. Old and Satisfied.

    As an old gay man, I find that access is not a problem. There are so many old guys in which to choose! And the love gets sweeter with age!

    December 6, 2010 at 21:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Butthead

      I'd rather EAT my Twinkies, not shoot in them.

      December 6, 2010 at 22:01 | Report abuse |
  4. Young but wise

    You look at all these celebs that were super good looking back in the day but now lost their appeal. It happens to everyone, even if your a model its the way of life. Everyone is going to end up old some day. My advise workout, stay healthy and do a bit of facial touch up to keep it nice and tight:)

    December 6, 2010 at 21:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Butthead

    I'd rather EAT Twinkies, not shoot in them.

    December 6, 2010 at 22:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Butthead

      Nice double-post, BUTTHEAD.

      December 6, 2010 at 22:02 | Report abuse |
  6. Ashley

    Who cares?? I almost got sick thinking about it. When I am 70, 80 & 90 years old I have something else to think about then that.

    December 6, 2010 at 22:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Melissa

      I bet you wont say that when your that age!

      October 26, 2012 at 22:46 | Report abuse |
  7. Ready

    My husband is 80 and I am 76 ..... and we still enjoy each others company in every sense of the word. Now if some of you young smartasses think this is distasteful .... just wait .... if you are lucky enough to be with the same person for 57 years and haven't killed each other, you might share some of our enthusiasm!!!

    December 6, 2010 at 22:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lila

      Husband and wife growing old together is different. I'm not that old but I remember how gorgeous my husband was at 23.

      December 6, 2010 at 22:10 | Report abuse |
  8. Lila

    Yuck, It's like a shar pei with a toy except it's not cute. Find a new hobby like shuffle board.

    December 6, 2010 at 22:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. mike b

    sounds like old fish stores to me. A lot of bull.

    December 6, 2010 at 22:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Butthead

      Yah, but does bull pinky smell like fish?

      December 6, 2010 at 22:55 | Report abuse |
  10. sandi r

    You young people should be so lucky! We've been married 43 years and are still "gettin' it on" And it is better than ever!!!!!

    December 6, 2010 at 23:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Randy

    I'm sure that men are wanting to still do it in their 90s, problem is their wives stopped wanting to do it in their 40s, so all the old men get is 50 years of frustration, awesome!

    December 6, 2010 at 23:08 | Report abuse | Reply
    • in the know

      If married to cave-jerks like you, of course they are! As a 55-year old, I'm ready all the time. 🙂

      December 6, 2010 at 23:52 | Report abuse |
    • James H.

      Boy you are telling it the way it is only nothing on what we can do about it. If any one wants my email is old_bore@hotmail.com

      December 18, 2012 at 07:04 | Report abuse |
  12. buttonz

    I read the headline as 1970's...1980's...1990's....that.s closer to the reality in my house.....

    December 6, 2010 at 23:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. City Girl 5

    What comes out? Little puffs of dust.

    December 6, 2010 at 23:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Eric

    im 32 and can still tag 19-23 year olds.... when im 62 i'll still be taggin 19-23 year olds.... except they will probably not be as hot 🙁

    December 6, 2010 at 23:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sally Li

      By the time you are in your 60's hopefully age will matter as little as the phases of the moon.

      December 7, 2010 at 03:29 | Report abuse |
  15. Teens for seniors

    When I'm a senior citizen, I will be employing the services of 18 and 19 year old whippersnappers to take care of my manly needs. All you need is a pocketful of ca$h and you'll have a stream of tender, tight flesh to keep you happy.

    December 6, 2010 at 23:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mudkip315

      LOL. Yes, and a ticket to Angeles City.

      December 6, 2010 at 23:25 | Report abuse |
    • George

      Awesome, couldn't agree more!!!!!

      December 6, 2010 at 23:42 | Report abuse |
  16. banman58

    The worst I've ever had was wonderful !

    December 6, 2010 at 23:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • carl

      yes dirty old banman58

      December 9, 2010 at 20:49 | Report abuse |
    • carl

      c'mon..damn shame!

      December 11, 2010 at 07:27 | Report abuse |
  17. james


    December 6, 2010 at 23:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. james

    Tell grandpa to stop eating Viagra like drinking water. It's nasty to even think about nasty wrinkled-up old nasty crows strokin away and fartin every five seconds.

    December 6, 2010 at 23:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Jeepers

    Why did I click on this and then read it and then read the comments from the gross old geezers bragging about "getting tail" and "getting it up?" Why, why, why?! I cannot un-read all that!

    December 7, 2010 at 00:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • AKM

      it's all talk my friend. i'm a nurse and have seen more old man junk than I care to. There isn't one woman, married to them or not, that would jump on that shriveled thing. haha

      December 7, 2010 at 02:00 | Report abuse |
    • Sally Li

      Jeepers, if that gives you the creepers, then why did you open your peepers? Keep your eyes closed, and then you won't have to go to the trouble of opening your mind. As far as the nurse who calls her patients "junk", develop some empathy and better bedside manner, and you might get a better response.

      December 7, 2010 at 04:53 | Report abuse |
  20. George

    As an old guy, I prefer the younger gals. Thank god that there are a lot of daddy issues out there.

    December 7, 2010 at 00:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. arch

    Shouldn't it be; "our daughter" instead of; "my daughter"? Also, did you marry your 54yr old husband because you wanted a Father or Grandfather image? I would hope you married him because you love him and want to spend the rest of your life with him no matter who goes first. The problem with children with older Fathers, (>99% of time it is the Father) is the older Father can't do much with their children because of his age and usually other medical type issues. Maybe you liked your relationship with your Grandfather, but that doesn't mean you should subject your daughter to the same environment. I'm in my mid 60s and all my sons are grown. My wife of over 30yrs decided to split to find herself. That was about 14yrs ago. I just started a relationship with a person I have known for over 22yrs. She is in her early 40s and her boys are grown. It was something that just came about. We have been together for about 2 yrs. The thing is if she were a little younger I would love to have children with her, but I feel it wouldn't be fair to the kids because of my age. But, I can't go and tell others not to do it. It is their choice. I would just say; think of your children as they get older. Two of my sons came into this world when I was in my late 30s and early 40s. I missed out on some stuff with them because of my age. It is no longer the age of "make love not war" for the older people. It is the age of "make love for as long as you can keep it up"! Just remember 'jealous wife', your husband, greylola looks at you as his trophy. How much real true love is there? When someone talks about doing it 10x/wk or even 10x/day and how hot the babe is I start wondering is it love or more lust. Just a thought for both. Yes Daddy and what a babe!

    December 7, 2010 at 00:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. torqueflite

    If this is news, it's time to change the channel.

    December 7, 2010 at 00:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. BearerOfBadNews

    I hate to say it, but for a 49 year old male, I look like a 30 year old male: hot, well-endowed, muscular and I get looks at work from a gorgeous hot black girl.

    December 7, 2010 at 00:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Anonymous

      Cool story, bro!

      December 7, 2010 at 01:06 | Report abuse |
  24. Uh-huh


    December 7, 2010 at 00:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Steve Reed

    My only hope is that Baby Boomers continue to fornicate and have the chance to catch AIDS like all of the generations that came after them.

    December 7, 2010 at 00:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sally Li

      Good to hear your opinion on people in different age groups. Would you please print the same type of thing about people in different ethnic groups, religions, etc, so that people can see this for what it really is? We've traded in race-bigotry for the new hot model of age-bigotry. We seem to be reaching the point where we will soon be legalizing gay marriage, and outlawing marriage between partners of different ages at the same time.

      December 7, 2010 at 04:56 | Report abuse |
    • regertz

      Obviously some boomer should have drowned you at birth. Nazi

      December 7, 2010 at 05:11 | Report abuse |
  26. Fuyuko

    If they are happy, good for them.

    December 7, 2010 at 01:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. db

    I love that old people bang.

    December 7, 2010 at 01:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Blue Bawlz

    Sad thing is that since I hit my 20's I haven't been getting much at all, the have been many years with a dry spell. I guess no one is attracted to me. Maybe when I am old and crusty the old lady's wont care what I look like(not that I am ugly or fat, actually I am lean, fit, and believe I have decent proportions) and go for personality.

    December 7, 2010 at 01:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Hoss

      I had the same problem until I started going up to them and saying "Hey, wanna ****". Since then it's just a numbers game. Anybody can get about 1 out of 20, no matter how ugly you are. I look like **** but I have gotten about 200 different ones over the yrs because I asked 200,000. Don't let the ones that say "no" bother you, that's the key and the only thing that separates you from the ones hittin' it all.

      December 7, 2010 at 02:12 | Report abuse |
  29. Bob

    Science balances it all out. Viagra and Cialis make it possible. Then you have Lasik and see what you are getting and say forget it.

    December 7, 2010 at 01:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. cici


    December 7, 2010 at 02:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Hoss

    testing 123

    December 7, 2010 at 02:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. John Everyman

    testu=ing 3, 2,1

    December 7, 2010 at 02:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. mmmmmmmm

    I'm in my 50's and I've had more than my share and still am. I don't care how old they are, I'll give them a go as long as they take care of themselves. You boys can back me up on this that these sweet young thangs talking like they know about old men need to know to take care of themselves cause if they don't it'll taste and smell just like catfish bait. I'll take an old woman that takes care of herself over a young woman that doesn't any time. And an old woman knows how to take care of herself if she got to be old. You young girls need to listen and learn from the older women that have been there, done that, because the best women got to be old women by being the best.

    December 7, 2010 at 03:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • mmmmmmmm

      If I just want a good quick spit shine I'll go to a younger woman, but if I want it all I'll go to an older woman every time.

      December 7, 2010 at 03:09 | Report abuse |
    • Sally Li


      December 7, 2010 at 03:33 | Report abuse |
  34. elebe kenny

    the easiest person to conviece is you.once you can do that.you can conviece others..

    December 7, 2010 at 04:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Sally Li

    What happened to the "like" button? After 171 posts, I don't see a single "like". Can we please find that button, and get it up and working?

    December 7, 2010 at 05:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. regertz

    Nice to know there's hope for the future. I remember once visiting my widower dad in his mid70s and a pretty young girl in her 20s at the art store he frequented was falling all over him, even playing up to me as his son. He laughed at the idea when I teased him later but she really was very interested and I give her credit for properly appreciating a most excellent man.

    December 7, 2010 at 05:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sally Li

      Wait a minute! I know that girl, and she is in her 80's! You saw this in the art store, right? Her beautician is Dorian Gray.

      December 7, 2010 at 05:22 | Report abuse |
  37. Meat Mallet

    Nothing like punching the 80 year old raisin. Let me at that balloon knot, just help me outta this wheel chair!

    December 7, 2010 at 07:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Justina

    Self-control is what mankind needs in everything.

    December 7, 2010 at 07:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. ty

    that just isn't right

    December 7, 2010 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Brad

    Alot of goofy posts.... I'd say if you are interested and can still perform at 90....that's great.

    December 7, 2010 at 15:51 | Report abuse | Reply
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    December 7, 2010 at 16:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Tanya

    If it's OK for celebrities, why isn't it OK for regular people?

    December 14, 2010 at 22:10 | Report abuse | Reply
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    i'm a 28 year old who has begun hanging out with older people.i was hanging out with people closer to my age(25-27) but they seem to be very insulting and hateful toward the elderly. imo ,this describes the majority of people in their 20's/.horribally anti-elderly and ageist./ i hate to think of my generation EVER ruling this world or any world for that matter,as they've taken on such a hate (or at least a disdain)for elderly people and even people as young as 40./most people my age sit around in coffee shops and make rude comments about older customers sitting nearby that are merely minding their own business and drinking their coffee.i don't know why 20 somethings are like this,but as i said,i've stopped hanging with them because of it.rude as hell and arrogantly concieted in a macho way.

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