The New England Journal of Medicine says the majority of older adults are engaged in intimate relationships and “regard sexuality as an important part of life.” But many older adults don’t like talking about sex, even with their doctor.
That’s a problem, as sexually transmitted infection (STIs) rates have doubled among 50- to 90-year-olds in the past decade.
To promote a healthy approach to sexual activity and help reduce the occurrence of STIs among older adult populations, the Atlanta Regional Commission is now offering a “Healthy Sexuality as We Age” class as part of the agency’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). The one-hour workshop, added earlier this year, has quickly become RSVP’s most popular.
“Most of this population grew up in an era when talking about sex was taboo,” said Mary Newton, RSVP’s program coordinator. “But then again, our now-aging Baby Boomers led the sexual revolution. So it’s important that we change the conversation about our bodies and lifestyles. We’re lucky to have a cadre of well-trained individuals teaching this course who aren’t shy about dishing the facts.”