From the December 2007 issue of Boomer Market Advisor • Subscribe!

Make with the dirty talk

AFP reports that aging baby boomers risk having their sex lives end with a whimper and not a bang if they are not prepared to speak about problems associated with growing older. Members of the generation famous for spearheading the freedoms of the sexual revolution remain sexually active well into their later years. But a discreet silence around their sexuality was inhibiting discussion of sexual problems, says University of Sydney professor Patricia Weerakoon.

"The risk is that when problems arise, they may develop in secret and be concealed by embarrassment, generating misery, fear and suffering," she said. The conference at the Gold Coast tourist strip near Brisbane heard that sexual activity rates for Australia's aging population were estimated to mirror those reported recently in the United States.

A recent study of sexual activity rates for older boomers showed that 73 percent of 57 - 64 year-old Americans were sexually active, dropping to 53 percent between 65 - 74 and 26 percent between 75 - 85.

"Baby boomers should also be encouraged to explore the myriad meanings of sexuality and physical and emotional intimacy, rather than strive for that perfect intercourse experience or the increasingly elusive orgasm," Weerakoon says.

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