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Our research has explored sexuality among older adults experiencing healthy aging and also aging with health challenges.

I was furious and considered canceling the trip and relieving him of his duties right then.

Thankfully, I kept my cool and this was a one-time faux pas – with that guy.

However, the reality is that these trends are not universal among older adults.

Results from another recent survey found that 39% of men and 17% of women ages 75 to 85 years are sexually active.

Research from ongoing national surveys support the ideas that sexual interest, desires and behaviors can decrease over the life course.

For example, among women ages 57 years and older, over 80% of participants expressed interest in having sex, but less than two-thirds of women surveyed perceived sex as “important,” and fewer than half reported having sex in the previous year.

This experience is all too common for adults in the physically disabled community. I suggested I would just hold the book throughout the journey.

Being overlooked is frustrating, but being talked down to – especially by my peers, people younger than me or the people who work for me as caregivers – bothers me even more. Rather than agreeing with me and moving on, a relatively new caregiver said: “Well, if you want to hold your book, you have to hold it the whole way there. ” It felt like he was a parent telling their kid to use the bathroom before leaving the house or hold it until the minivan stops.

More importantly, he or she may feel more sexually desirable and confident than their younger self.

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