Irrespective of your age, sex can serve some excellent purposes in your life. It can improve your independent living, happiness, and overall wellbeing. Therefore, if you are an older adult, don’t overlook the essence of sex.
As a result of the importance of sex, it doesn’t come as a surprise that it is of utmost importance to several boomers. The National Poll on Healthy Aging noted that 76% of seniors between 65 and 80 years old claimed that having sex forms a crucial part of romantic relationships.
Despite this fact, there are a few things that affect lovemaking for seniors. These things include:
- Physical Changes And Issues
As expected, aging brings lots of physical changes. So, grandparents are known to have more health issues than younger individuals. Unfortunately, these issues can affect your sex life.
Less testosterone is produced; hence, sex drive will reduce. These factors can lead to issues with achieving or maintaining an erection. They can also make you reach climax quickly.
Erectile dysfunction, shorter and weaker orgasms are also problems that come with aging.
Women also have reduced hormone levels, which also affect their sex drive. Dry, thinner, and less elastic vaginas are also other issues that female seniors can experience.
Other health problems that can have significant impacts on the sex life of a senior citizen include:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
A few medications that are used for treating certain health conditions can also affect the sexual function or sexual urge of older adults. These medications include blood pressure drugs, antidepressants, acid-blocking drugs, and antihistamines.
If you are experiencing any sexual problem, consult your physician for better medications that can help your sex life.
Regardless of your gender, you need to consume heart-healthy food as you age. These diets can boost your sexual function and libido. Make sure that your diets contain lots of vegetables, fibers, nuts, and unsaturated fats. On the other hand, avoid foods that have lots of sugar, sodium, and saturated fat.
Physical exercise is another critical factor that can affect your lovemaking. Besides, physical exercise can improve your self-confidence, energy level as well as blood flow.
Frequency Of Having Sex
Your sexual health and libido can be improved by regular lovemaking. So, even if you are not in the mood for having sex, don’t shy away from lovemaking if your partner wants it. Regular lovemaking trains your body and mind to improve your performance. Additionally, you can improve your sexual performance with solo masturbation.
- Emotional And Mental Challenges
Psychological problems can lead to or worsen sexual challenges. Some of these psychological issues are:
- Relationship troubles
- Fear concerning financial or health challenges
- Performance anxiety
- Death of a partner with its consequential loss of physical intimacy
All these issues can result in depression, which can make many boomers lose all sorts of interests in lovemaking.
If you are dealing with these emotional and mental challenges, you can seek help for depression. Also, you can explore talk therapy to deal with your problems.
- Getting Rid Of Expectations
If you are focusing on orgasms, you may have issues with your sex life. So, you should rather pay attention to using different types of pleasure instead of only focusing on the results.
- Discuss With Your Partner
Older adults should never overlook the importance of open communication in their relationships. Be honest about your expectations, concerns, boundaries, needs, and ability with your partner.
- Improving Your Routine
Making love in the same way every time can kill the connection and enjoyment. So, you need to think about changing your routine to boost your sex life.
A few of the things you can do are:
- New sexual positions
- Different places/locations
- Different types of outercourse
- Dates with only one partner pleasuring while the other receives it. Then, reverse role the next time.
- Setting The Right Sexual Mood
Boomers shouldn’t rush into having sex. Try to set the mood with kissing, flirting, massaging, etc.
- Prioritizing The Use Of Protection
Sex comes with tons of risks such as sexually transmitted infections. Therefore, seniors should prioritize the use of protection when having sex. Make sure you use new, unexpired condoms when having sex.
- Using Lubrication
Many older women have issues with vaginal dryness. To deal with this problem, lubrication is essential to enjoy sex or masturbation.
- Using Sex Toys
To maximize your sex life, don’t overlook the importance of sex toys. Seniors can go for a wide range of ergonomic and lightweight sex toys that can be used for different sexual activities.
- Doing More Than Sexual Intercourse
Everything shouldn’t end with penetration. Outercourse can also provide lots of sexual enjoyment. Simply put, outercourse refers to sex without any sort of penetration. Outercourse can be helpful to seniors as it doesn’t involve some anxieties.
This resource is from eLearning for Seniors.
- Jerrold Burden