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Everything you ever wanted to know about sex & aging

 (but were afraid to ask)
Today, older adults are seeking connections that will help
support and nurture them as they age — whether in longterm monogamous relationships or newly widowed or
divorced. While sex is certainly a part of a fulfilling relationship — meaningful relationships require much more as we age. 

The six tips below can help you bring more love into your life:

Maintain friendships
Many people lose connections with friends, family and colleagues as they age or after the kids are out of the home. Now is the time to renew past relationships, and to reach out to find new friends.

Explore something new
Studies show that older adults have a tremendous capacity to learn new things — and more importantly to bring their years of experience to new activities.
Finding something new to do on your own or with your loved one, expands your horizons and brings new topics and ideas for discussion in all your relationships.

Focus on your health
When you are focused on your health, you will feel physically and emotionally better. Whether it’s improving self-image or managing an existing health condition, it will help you be prepared for new experiences.

Connect with someone new
Don’t be afraid to start a new relationship. You’re never too old. A relationship doesn’t have to be romantic. Friendships can bring tremendous joy and comfort. Every new connection you make (or old one renewed) has value.

Talk to your spouse or significant other
They may feel the same things you are feeling and may be reluctant to talk about love and sex. Perhaps a date night or cuddling will bring renewed feelings.

If dating, remember to practice safe sex
The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has increased significantly among adults over the age of 50. Sex is an important part of life, even as we age, but safe sex precautions are smart at any age.

Dr. Kenneth Smith (left) cohosted a free webinar on Sex & Aging, with urologist, Dr. Elmer Pineda (right).   
        Broadcast to all of our Medicare Information & Vitality Centers simultaneously, the webinar allowed participants at each office to ask questions and hear the answers in real time. The class will be offered again this summer.
        “I frequently give seminars on love, sex and aging and I’m always reminded of how important love and relationships remain to older adults,” says Dr. Smith, “I also know many are often unsure of where to start. My last tip is not to be afraid or embarrassed to speak with your physician and find out more about how to bring and keep love in your life, as you age.”
        For more information go to www.forhealthandliving.com and click on the events tab.Many people lose connections with friends, family and colleagues as they age or after the kids are out of the home. Now is the time to renew past relationships, and to reach out to find new friends.
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