But, she added, the results might be eye-opening to younger people who think aging spells the end of romance."Sex is still an important part of many older adults' lives," said Solway.
In fact, sex can sometimes get better with age, said psychologist Rachel Needle, of the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida, in West Palm Beach. And with age, Needle said, some people feel "more comfortable in their own bodies" and more confident in asking for what they need sexually. In the poll, some seniors were more interested in sex, or were more active, than others.
Touch is important."Solway agreed and said that just because some older couples have stopped having sex, that does not mean something is "wrong." If both partners are happy and they have other ways of connecting, that is what matters, she said.When it came to sexual health, only 17 percent of survey respondents said they had talked to a health provider about the subject in the past two years.Two days later, Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield both voiced support for the president's bill, except for provisions guaranteeing equal access to places of public accommodations.This led to several Republican Congressmen drafting a compromise bill to be considered.Similarly, older adults in good physical health were more sexually active: Of all people who described their health as "good" to "excellent," 45 percent were sexually active, versus 22 percent of those who rated their health as "fair" to "poor."That's not surprising, Solway said.
But, it's still not clear how often older adults' health problems prevented them from being sexually active.It prohibits unequal application of voter registration requirements, racial segregation in schools, employment, and public accommodations.Powers given to enforce the act were initially weak, but were supplemented during later years.Doctors, in turn, are also uncomfortable, Siegel said, with very few having specific training in that area.Doctors' silence, Siegel said, can send older adults a "distinct message" that sexual health is not something they want to discuss.in which he asked for legislation "giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public—hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments", as well as "greater protection for the right to vote".