Questions and Answers about Sex in Later Life


Margot Tallmer, PhD
Because 65 and older is the largest and fastest-growing segment of the population the recent surge of interest in nearly all aspects of aging is only appropriate. Incredibly, however, one part of later life that has been almost entirely overlooked is the subject of sex. Most people believe that sex is of no interest to older people, that they do not have it and do not want it.some people even believe that sex is inappropriate for older adults. And these attitudes are not only held by younger people; many older people also think they are true.
If you are one of the people who feel this way about the subject of sex among older adults, you need to read this book. You will be surprised! As Dr. Tallmer explains, not only did many older people have enjoyable sex well into their 80s and 90s, but some claim they like sex more than when they were younger.
However, while many people want to be sexually active in later years, there are both practical and theoretical issues and problems that exist as a result of aging that can interfere with sexual activity. Dr. Tallmer addresses these issues with the frankness in candor atypical of this often awkward topic, answering with refreshing directness every question imaginable about sexuality in later life and explaining what to expect and how to manage the sexual problems that exist for older people.


Although definitely not a how-to guide, this book provides clear, concise answers to a wide variety of frequently asked questions about the sexual attitudes and behaviors of today’s seniors. 


Dr. Tallmer, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in New York City.


"Tallmer dispels the myth that older people are not interested in sex."
— Resources in Aging America


"Intended for younger readers as well as seniors, this book explores all aspects of senior sexuality from the impact of menopause to the effect of medications on sexual activity; from problems finding partners to the causes and cures of impotence."
Senior Beacon



Sexual fantasies
Effects of medication on sex
Hormone replacement therapy
Extramarital affairs
Effects on sex of heart attack, stroke cancer, arthritis, incontinence and prostate disease
How to improve sex
How to find a new partner
Sex in nursing homes


Softcover. 160 pages. ISBN-10: 0-914783-75-0. ISBN-13: 978-0914783-75-6. List Price: $18.95