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Older people are often assumed to want amiable companionship in later life rather than passion-fuelled romance. But a survey of 2,002 older Britons suggests 52% of over-65s feel they do not have enough sex, and nearly a third are happy to have sex on a first date. It also found one in 10 over-75s have had multiple sexual partners since turning 65.
The charity Independent Age said its survey showed age was "no barrier to having a sex life".
Dennis Allen, from Somerset, has not let age stand in the way of his and his wife's sex life. The 84-year-old married Pauline, 85, his fourth wife, in 2004. He said the pair were on average sexually active twice a week. "If you're up for it, you should enjoy life," he said. "You never know when you're going to be past your sell-by date."
"... a survey of 2,002 older Britons suggests 52% of over-65s feel they do not have enough sex, and nearly a third are happy to have sex on a first date."
Dennis said both he and Pauline, 85, had made sure to exercise and look after themselves, in part so they remained attractive to each other. He said: "Let's put it frankly, if you were a young lady and you saw your husband was sitting there with a great big beer belly, smoking a fag out of his mouth, what would would you think? Would you fancy him?
"My wife has always looked very attractive. She won't go out of the door unless she looks the part, and she won't let me go out of the door unless I look the part."
The survey also found:
- Just one in six people aged 80 and over said they felt they had enough sex.
- The same proportion of over-65s said one of the only reasons they would stop having sex would be a lack of opportunity.
- One in four over-65s in a relationship that started in the past 10 years said they had met online.
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