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New survey reveals 1 in 8 people over 50 are getting frisky under the sheets five time a WEEK!

NEW YORK — There may be a good reason grandma and grandpa haven’t returned your phone call. A survey looked at how the bedroom habits of 2,000 people 50 and older have changed and discovered that more than three-quarters are noticing significant changes in their sex lives now compared to when they were younger (77%).

In fact, 45 percent say they’ve had the best sex of their lives as they’ve grown older!

Most respondents admit they have less sex now than in their youth — citing their 30s as the time they were the most sexually active — but one in eight Americans 50 and older still have sex at least five times a week.

The sexy secret of aging

Senior SexConducted by OnePoll on behalf of LELO, researchers find 35 percent are surprisingly more intimate now than ever before and the same amount believe their sex drive is higher than when they were younger.

More than a third of people over 50 would like to be more intimate but don’t have the time (38%) — likely because they’re always working (42%), live with others (39%), or have family visiting often (36%). Three in four respondents whose kids still live with them say they usually wait until their child falls asleep or isn’t around to have sex with their partner (74%). Nearly half of those whose kids are out of the nest say their sex life has improved drastically (48%).

Although some Americans 50 and older don’t have as much time to be intimate as they’d like, more than half take advantage of their free time by being intimate with their partner (56%).

People are still adventurous in bed as they grow older

Senior SexWhile the most popular places in the home that respondents have had sex are the bedroom (69%) and living room (48%), one in four older people admit to getting a little adventurous in the laundry room or on the staircase. Two in three are comfortable with being experimental in the bedroom, with half of respondents saying they are more comfortable trying new sex positions in the bedroom now than ever before (53%).

“Even though we don’t see many older adults being sexually romantic in the media, it doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy it too,” says Luka Matutinovic, LELO’s chief marketing officer, in a statement. “The myth around it is related to people’s discomfort with aging. We believe that pleasure should be celebrated by everyone – regardless of age. Intimacy comes in different forms as we age and it can be just as satisfying.”

The top sex positions older Americans have tried over the last year are doggy-style (42%), missionary (38%), and spooning (29%). More than a third confess that they are also more comfortable with the idea of having multiple sexual partners now than in the past, but some would still rather focus on their significant other.

Quality time is important too

One respondent believes “a night out enjoying each other’s company” helps to spark their intimacy, while others say it’s important to remind one another that they love each other. Other respondents keep the spark alive by being spontaneous or trying new things in the bedroom.

Sex still matters for seniors, which is why one in eight would feel uncomfortable talking to their partner about changes in their sex drive. Forty-two percent of those who have a low sex drive feel that would destroy their relationship.

However, it doesn’t always have to be about sex. Thirty-four percent believe they’ve had too much sex in their lives and 57 percent feel they’ve accomplished everything they wanted to do sexually in life. With that in mind, Americans 50 and over say they enjoy bonding with their partners non-sexually by watching movies (53%), having intimate dinners (46%) or going on walks (44%).

“The changes that come with aging make women and men communicate more, get more creative, have more time to explore, which leads to getting the right type of satisfaction,” Matutinovic adds. “Our buyers are often seniors; they know what they want and understand pleasurable things are waiting for them to explore.”

About Chris Melore

Chris Melore has been a writer, researcher, editor, and producer in the New York-area since 2006. He won a local Emmy award for his work in sports television in 2011.

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