Sex and romance alive for the over 50s

Thursday 10 February 2011

Sex and romance alive for the over 50s

  • Over 50s twice as likely to be satisfied with their health compared to under 50s
  • Men almost twice as likely to report a decline in their sex lives versus women

As Valentines approaches the over 50’s are reporting higher levels of satisfaction with their health and relationships than their younger counterparts, according to Saga Health. However despite agreeing on the state of their health, the old adage that men are from Mars and Women are from Venus is still going strong, with Men twice as likely to admit dissatisfaction with their sex lives as women (21% versus 12% for women).

Despite their sex lives being a point of contention, it does not appear to directly correlate to peoples overall satisfaction with their relationship. In fact 84% of over 50s are confident that they think they will be with their partner forever.

In addition over 60% of over 50s surveyed by Saga Health said that their sex lives were the same as a year ago and contrary to popular belief, 85% are quite happy to discuss it.

Emma Soames, Editor at Large, Saga Magazine, comments: “It is great that so many of our respondents are reporting the same levels of sexual activity in their relationships as a year ago – a fact that so often can be put down to increasingly good health amongst older people. There is absolutely no reason why people cannot go on enjoying intimacy in their later years. It is also interesting that, of those who say their sex lives have got worse; men are almost twice as likely to report dissatisfaction than women, let’s just hope these people don’t live together!”

Saga panellists were asked to compare their sex life today with their sex life in their 20s and 30s. While 85% said sex was less frequent now, 82% said there was less pressure to have sex and 61% said it was more fulfilling. 68% of respondents disagreed with the statement ‘It is more boring’. In fact almost half (42%) of sexually active Saga panellists have sex at least once a week, with a further quarter saying fortnightly.

When asked how satisfied people were with other aspects in their lives, it was clear from the results that with age, comes happiness, confidence and contentment. Over 50s in general are much happier with the way they look, their relationship and their overall health compared to the younger generations. Almost three fifths of over 50s are satisfied or completely satisfied with their health, compare to only a third of under 50s. And when looking at life overall, 79% of over 50s are satisfied or completely satisfied, compared to just over half of under 50s (57%)


Editor notes:

Populus received 13,403 responses from people aged 50 and over to its online poll for Saga between 14th and 21st January 2011, 12,943 responses from its online poll for Saga between 10th and 17th September 2010 and 10,834 in October 2009.

**UK TGI 2010 (April 2009-March 2010)

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