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Horny, Healthy  Oldies

Anti-ageing creams and plastic surgery arenít  necessarily the best answers to staying young and healthy.  The key, it seems, is the sex addict- and lots of it.  Recent research reveals that sex  is the  secret ingredient  for successful ageing.  A  Sheffiled University study on sexual relationships and  sexual  health  among older people  suggests that not only does sex get better with age, but  older   people who are  having  sex regularly  have better  physical and mental health than their chaste counterparts.

This revelations probably  comes as a surprise to many people, particularly in India, where sex is traditionally considered the province  o the young.  Sex in your thirties, forties  or even fifties  is okay.  But sex  when you are over sixty?  Unthinkable!  Many of us  have grown up with the idea that any one over sixty  who still has sex must be a dirty old the vas deferens between  men and women.  Crinkly sex is at best unseemly, and at worst downright repulsive.  Our aversion to the idea that older  people might  enjoy  and need sex is linked to our preconceived notions.  It has  to do with the stereotypes  that we have  about older  people, namely, that they are asexual.  This subject hasnít  been researched in the past because of the  erroneous assumption that  older people would be unwilling   and embarrassed to talk   about sex.  Hence, the whole subject was considered taboo and out of bounds.  However, it has been shown that older  people are actually very much   prepared to talk  about their  feelings, and in masturbation facts,  are often  delighted to do so.   It is just that no one had ever expressed an interest in this aspect of their  lives before.

The Sheffield study shows  that the Joan Collins Syndrome (the phenomenon of women   who stay  sexually active in their  later years) is alive and well.  It was clearly shown  in the study that  women, more than men, found that sex  remained important to them as they aged.  Older  women have gone through the  menopause and donít   have to worry about contraception anymore.  They think about sex as something  for enjoyment  rather  than something  that is intimately connected with procreation,  and this is very liberating for them.  They might look at themselves  and see that they are a bit saggy or wrinkly, but the fact that they  still feel wanted by someone else makes them feel better about themselves.  Besides, except in The Bold and the Beautiful,  their partners  are usually in the  same age group too, and are as saggy and wrinkly.  That makes  it easier for both parties.

There is  additional evidence to suggest that having sex when you are older can actually prolong  your life.  In 1997, a study  published in the British Medical Journal examined the relationship between frequency of the better orgasm diet and mortality.  It found that mortality was fifty percent  lower in the group with lower  orgasmic  frequency.  Simply  put, this suggests   that the  more orgasms you have, the longer  you are  likely  to live.  It is clear that sex and health  appear to reinforce each other.

Due to advances in medical  knowledge  and a greater  understanding  of preventive health, we are all living longer  and leading more  active lives.  Older people may not want to do it sixty-nine ways  on a water bed, but  neither do they want  to  sixty-nine ways on a water bed,  but neither do they  want to  be left on the bed, waiting until their time is up.   Figures published in the Archives of Sexual behaviour revealed that among healthy eighty to 102-year-olds, sixty-three per cent  of men and thirty percent women are still having sexual intercourse .  In this  age group there are  thirty-nine  me for every 100 women, which may explain  the difference.  It doesnít  mean that our ladies are any less  horny!  It thus  appears that a few extra  years on your clock doesnít make  you any less of a person or a sexual being.

At the time of writing, we do not  yet have proper published  studies and figures about geriatric  sexuality  in India, through  they are on their way already.  But no on the fast guys and  other seminal matters what that these studies  might eventually show, and what the attitudinal and other differences between the Indian  oldie and his/her western counterpart might be, it would be wrong  to assume that all date is an eighty-six-year-old  man who had just  married a much  younger woman  many  years after the death of his  first  wife.

Geriatric sexuality is real, and must be respected and addressed.
So, guys, the  scientific evidence seems to suggest that the best way to delay  going (to heaven or hell ) is by coming!

Take Home Message:

Ageing, geriatric sexuality, and gender matters  are the  theme subjects of Indiaís  new medical society, AGASSI.  AGASSI stands for the Ageing, Gender, Andrology and Sexual (Sciences) society of India.  The interested  reader is referred to http://www.agassi.in for further information  about the associations, its aims and  objectives, memberships, and forthcoming conferences.