Older people are the fastest-growing group of cannabis users, as stigma fades and some seek an alternative to prescription drugs. Why are more seniors getting high? Some feel liberated to abandon long-held proprieties. Elegant vape pens and other attractive, discreet products have helped de stigmatize the drug among older Americans.
Sexuality in Later Life | National Institute on Aging
Horny old broads, dirty old men. These commonly used terms speak volumes about how society views older people who are interested in sex. Experts say such derogatory labels reflect a deep level of discomfort in our youth-oriented culture with the idea that seniors are sexually active. Sex is identified with reproduction, youthful attractiveness, and power -- and most young and even middle-aged people do not want to confront the inevitability of growing old. So sexual intimacy among older Americans is a subject that people don't talk about much. The silence, say experts, allows misconceptions to flourish -- including the widespread assumption that seniors lose interest in sex and are, or should be, asexual. But armed with a spate of studies that help dispel the myth that older people don't have sex or enjoy it, experts say the negative stereotypes couldn't be farther from the truth.
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Many people want and need to be close to others as they grow older. For some, this includes the desire to continue an active, satisfying sex life. With aging, that may mean adapting sexual activity to accommodate physical, health, and other changes. There are many different ways to have sex and be intimate—alone or with a partner. The expression of your sexuality could include many types of touch or stimulation.
Contrary to what many young people think, older adults are having sex and, according to recent studies, plenty of it. For those of us of a certain age, this isn't new information. Our sex lives have hummed along well enough, thank you very much, thanks to our many years of experience. We suspect that once the youngsters are done feeling icky about the idea that Grandma and Grandpa do it, they'll be relieved to know their sex life doesn't have to have a shelf life. New research at the University of Manchester found that adults are having sex well into their 70s and 80s, and they're not too shy to talk about it.