The Joys (and Challenges) of Sex After 70

It can be the best of your life.

There's a poignant paradox about older people and sex. As our worlds get smaller, we tend to have more time and inclination to savor the parts of our lives that are emotionally meaningful, which can include sex.

But because bodies change, good sex in old age often needs reimagining, expanding, for example, to include more touching, kissing, erotic massage, oral sex, sex toys. Older people get little guidance about any of this. But as baby boomers age — the oldest are about 75 — many sex experts expect they will demand more open conversations and policies related to their sex lives.

Over the last three years, Maggie Jones spoke with more than 40 people in their late 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s who have found ways to shift and improve their sex lives. Sex can drop off in our final decades. But for those who keep going, it can be the best of their lives, she reports in our cover story this week.

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