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In exclusive research, Channel 4 News carried out in-depth interviews with 76 over-60s all over the country and polled another 500 to find out about love, sex and relationships in what is fast becoming a new, old age.
“I can say that sometimes in the street I think: ‘Oh yeah, that would be a nice person to go to bed with’,” Vikki, 70, from Dorset told us.
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Nevertheless, the connections that people feel for each other are not bound by age, and dating an older person can open your eyes to different, more mature perspectives.
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Joey, 69, from London said: “I got to a point where I thought I’m going to kick the bucket fairly soon.” So three months ago, he joined Grindr, the mobile dating app for gay men, and told us he’s now “averaging, I would say, four men a week”.
Joey is like almost half of all our respondents (46 per cent) who told us that sex is important to their lives.
Justin Gaffney is a sexual health nurse consultant and told us: “There is a degree of naivety in the older population in that they just don’t see that they are at risk of sexual infections.” In fact, older people become more anatomically susceptible to STIs as they age, and yet 64 per cent of our respondents who are either in new relationships or are dating, hadn’t sought sexual health advice.
“It’s the secret sex life of your parents and grandparents.” That’s what one 70-year-old woman in Somerset told Channel 4 News.
In fact, 51 per cent of people over 60 told us they are sexually active and many describe enjoying a late sexual bloom.
Justin has had people come to him using household products as lubricants- shampoo, hand cream and even cooking oil.
“There does need to be perhaps a focus on trying to make services more older people friendly.” In many ways it is no surprise that older people are taking risks.
And just like younger people, most are turning to the internet to do so.