“There is, in fact, very little data on the sexual interests and experiences of older people,” Friedan says.
People want to believe that seniors are asexual beings, but seniors desire — even need — romantic relationships, just as we do.
Oh sure they have their arthritis medication and their hearing aids but that doesn’t keep them from being sprightly and lively human beings. If you visit any of Florida’s gated and semi-gated communities, you’ll see seniors in immaculate white Bermuda shorts with the latest Nike sneakers and a band wrapped around their knees, arms and wrists as they hobble along the tennis courts and the manicured golf courses, eager to prove that they can still walk the talk. Most of them fear that they will outlive their money.
Don’t bet on getting them a rocking chair or a hot water bag or the latest motorized wheelchair. So while retirement planning and financial strategies form part of their “to-do” agendas, they also…like to have some fun. Some of them are asking what buzzwords they should be using to ask someone out on a date.
Seniors and other elderly types are not necessarily looking to “shack up” with members of the opposite sex since they balk at the word “commitment”, but a date once a week or bi-weekly wouldn’t hurt at all.
There’s nothing like being able to spend half a day on the golf course, gulp down a mug of ice-cold beer with the golf cronies, go home, take a shower, turn the tube on, snooze on the couch and then get ready for a dinner date.
Death of a spouse and divorce are as much of a reality for seniors as it is for younger adults.