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Love (and intimacy!) for Life

My newly single friend inspired me to write this blog.  

Intimacy is what separates lovers from friends and keeps the spark of love alive over time (amongst other efforts of course). A recent study conducted by the University of Chicago found that old age doesn't necessarily mean diminished libido.

It's generally been assumed that as we reach middle age, our need for physical love is not as great, and therefore we cool our jets, or hand up the saddle, so to speak.  But the University of Chicago's study indicates that age itself does not eliminate sex drive and sexual activity.  

According to the findings, many couples still have "good quality" sex into their sunset years, men more interested and active than women, as is the norm.  It turns out that physical health is the main factor contributing to frequency, desire and capability when it comes to having sex.  Poor health in all respects will undoubtedly diminish interest and frequency of sex, men responding more dramatically than women.

This study brings up an important issue during a crucial point in time; this year many baby boomers will reach their mid-60's and based on these findings, they will continue to be relatively sexually active as long as their health permits.  This should encourage changes in the health industry to understand the needs of older adults in the area of sexually transmitted diseases, function and pleasure.  Regretfully, even during middle age, STDs are still something to be very concerned about.

Some other findings from the study indicated that women were much more likely to be interested in sex later in life if they had a steady partner, and that nearly half of men retain a healthy sex drive into their seventies and eighties, whereas less than twenty percent of women do.  

When life does not turn out with the happy ending you signed up for at the alter and now you're 47 and single, it's good to know there is evidence supporting the fact that you still can get back in the dating game and optimistically expect to find some romance again.  Physical intimacy is a part of life that continues after menopause and graying hair, and in this day an age, social networking sites and online dating services are helping connect people of all ages and stages of life, making love a lifetime possibility. BUT, as usual, I'm here to remind you that before you start connecting online through any kind of social media, PLEASE be careful. Know that everything you post on the net is searchable, and can come back to haunt you, and claiming ignorance isn't going to save you.

Eating right, exercising and taking care of yourself, will keep you in great shape and finding the love of your love will keep you sexy and desirable.

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