About half enjoy such simple nurturing activities at least weekly, although those with a regular partner are much more likely to report such frequency. To put it mildly, financial stress is probably hitting midlifers below the belt.
"Financial worries tend to seep into all parts of a couple's life together," says Dr.
While most of us know that the frequency of sex is greatest during those first throes of passion, and we grudgingly accept the fact that it often wanes as the years of wedded bliss march on, this study into the sexual behavior of long-married couples uncovered something quite unexpected.
Couples who were married for longer than 50 years actually reported a slight in their sex lives.
Regardless of age, couples also tend to have sex more frequently in the early stages of their relationships.
These probably aren't questions you'd relish answering, at least not in front of the kids.
Between 20, the percentage of people in their 50s who say they have sex at least once a week took about a 10-point plunge for both sexes (women dropped from 43 to 32 percent, and men from 49 to 41 percent). The survey found that only 43 percent of older Americans say they're satisfied with their sex lives (down from 51 percent in 2004), while the percentage who are dissatisfied with their sex lives increased.
Ninety-three-year-old actress Betty White loves to talk about sex: "I may be a senior, but so what?
I'm still hot." Most likely she'd applaud the recent research published in The Archives of Sexual Behavior that busts the stereotype of the sexless older adult.