Del Boca Vista doesn’t look so different from swingin’ Miami after all. Not only are many elderly men still getting it on, but they say they wish they were having even more sex, according to a survey of 2,783 Australian men between the ages of 75 and 95.
The new study was published Dec. 7 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Of the men surveyed, nearly one-third reported having intercourse at least once in the previous year, including 11% of men over 90. Among these sexually active men, 43% reported not getting as much sex as they would like. (More on Time.com: 5 Little-Known Truths About American Sex Lives)
Predictably, younger men were more sexually active than the older ones. Compared with the 1 in 10 men over age 90 who reported have sex, 40% of the 75-to-79 reported enjoying an active sex life.
Among those who weren’t having sex, nearly 50% cited as the reason physical limitations such as prostate-related illnesses that can cause impotence, and 41% reported a lack of interest. Other reasons for a slow down in the bedroom: low testosterone levels, side effects from blood pressure medication or antidepressants, and spouses’ lack of interest or physical limitations. (More on Time.com: Study of American Sex Habits Suggests Boomers Need Sex Ed)
So what should men do, if they’re not satisfied with their romantic encounters? “Grieve what you can’t do anymore, but find some new things that are pleasant and intimacy-making to do,” Michael Bostwick, a professor of psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic who lectures on sexuality and aging, told U.S. News & World Report.
He recommends that partners should talk about types of intimacy that don’t involve intercourse, or research sexual positions on the Internet to get creative. (More on Time.com: Alzheimer’s: Largely a Woman’s Issue)
It’s nice to know that the Greatest Generation isn’t losing their spark.