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The Secret Sex Lives of Grandparents

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Los Angeles might be a city that lauds youth, but today is a day to celebrate our seniors! 10.2% of the population of L.A. is age 65 and over, and according to a recent study, they, and their peers nationwide, are having more - and better! - sex than previous generations. Go Grandma!

The study found that seniors of all walks of life - married, unmarried, male, female - were more open-minded about sex and more open about their own sexual needs and desires:

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"Our study shows that a large majority of elderly consider sexual activity and sexual feelings a natural part of late life," said study author Nils Beckman - Yahoo

The other great news here is that women are reporting more sexual satisfaction than ever. Older women are experiencing orgasms more regularly, and women and men of that age group now express equally positive attitudes towards sex.

This exciting news does, however, come with some concerns - are Grandma and Grandpa now at greater risk for STDs? It's not something anyone wants to think about - you know, sitting down to deliver "the talk" to Grandma Millie after Thanksgiving dinner (the most obvious time to do it). But the older generation, while apparently experts at getting their freak on, may not be as aware as the "No Glove, No Love" generation about how to protect themselves.

So the bottom line is, seniors, good for you! Now go watch some Trojan ads, hit the shelves of Freddy and Eddy or the Pleasure Chest (now that Babeland is closed, sigh), and have yourselves a grand - and safe! - old time.