GREAT SEX IN a new relationship is brilliant at any age but even better as you get older—the appreciation and excitement of sexual intimacy increase as you value your emotional connection more. Sex drive is not something that is time-limited. It’s just that the novelty fades over time. It has nothing to do with age and could happen if you were 25 too.
Sex, no matter what age, enhances self-worth and self-esteem. It also makes you feel happier and more relaxed and boosts your immune system. It reduces the risk of depression and protects against prostate cancer, and decreases feelings of loneliness. It is also associated with a better survival rate from heart attack for men. An English Longitudinal Study of Ageing shows that more than half (54 per cent) of men and almost a third (31 per cent) of women over 70 are sexually active, and a third of these men and women are classed as having frequent sex.
In a ground-breaking new campaign, relationships charity Relate has enlisted iconic photographer Rankin to help celebrate intimacy in our later years.