There’s this notion that after 50 sex magically disappears. That’s actually not the case. Intimacy levels increase across the board and for those who can, they…sex!
Grown Folks aren’t only doing the deed at their homes but in nursing homes, retirement homes, and assisted living facilities! Yes, this does happen and it doesn’t just happen between married couples in these facilities. If your parents are enrolled in those kinds of programs, this just might be the article for you.
Let’s observe a few possible factors contributing to the rise of sexually transmitted diseases, in older Americans. The first thing we should acknowledge is that people in this age group are in much better health than we’ve ever seen before and in result living longer. Long lives can equate to prolonged sexual activity. The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior reports that 40% of women and over half of men, over the age of 60, are sexually active.
Between 2011 and 2012, 2.2 million Medicare beneficiaries received free STD screenings and counseling sessions; more than 66,000 beneficiaries received free HIV tests.
Another reason why there is a rise in STDs, among this group, is because safe sex is not being practiced. For some of you that still find it hard to believe, there are guys and gals in nursing homes that are indeed sexually active. As with any age, one must be sexually responsible. However, older Americans are not. From 2007 to 2011, chlamydia and syphilis infections increased by 31% and 52%. These numbers are similar to STD stats taken from 20 to 24 year olds. Reasons for them not taking proper precautions are because they are not affected by pregnancy, and because they grew up in an era before the “safe sex campaign” condoms are not deemed as a concern. A study from the Annal of Internal Medicine showed that men were six times less likely to use condoms if they used sexual enhancement drugs such as Viagra.
Because the stats are alarming, attention and education needs to be brought into to the nursing homes, assistant living, and retirement communities. There are a number of ways to push education on this matter. Such attention and education include: incorporating sex counselors into these facilities, having condoms readily available, and sex campaigns geared towards Grown Folks.
For those of you who have parents or other family members living in these facilities, tell us your thoughts on this. Have you personally been affected by this? Share your stories, your input may serve as enlightenment to other readers.