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Love as You Age

By: Kenneth E. Smith, MD, MBA





It’s not just a “young man’s fancy” that turns to love; it’s people of all ages, including older adults, who also want to enjoy the beauty and benefits of romance.

Interestingly, as the Woodstock and “free love” generation is reaching Medicare status, sociologists, marketers and even healthcare providers are noting that what many want from love as they age may have changed a bit over the years.

Today, adults – whether in long-term monogamous relationships or newly widowed or divorced –are seeking connections that will help support and nurture them throughout the aging process. While sex is certainly a part of a fulfilling relationship – meaningful relationships for Baby-Boomers do require much more.

Here are some tips about how to bring more love into your life as you age.

-Maintain friendships. Many people lose connections with friends, family and colleagues as they age or after the kids are out of the home. Now is the time to renew past relationships. Now is the time to reach out to find new friends and new contacts.
-Host game night. Invite former colleagues on a quarterly lunch date, drop an email to the people you value.
-Explore something new. Finding something new to do – on your own or with your significant other – expands your horizons and brings new topics and ideas to discuss in all your relationships.
-Focus on your health. Whether it’s improving your self-image or better managing an existing health condition, when you are focused on your health, you will feel physically and emotionally better – and will be better prepared to take on new experiences.
-Remember you are never too old to connect with someone new. Don’t be afraid to start a new relationship. A relationship doesn’t have to be romantic. Friendships can bring tremendous joy and comfort as we age. Every new connection you make (or old one you renew) has value.
-Talk to your spouse or significant other. He or she may be feeling the same things you are and be just as unsure on how to bring up topics related to love and sex. Perhaps a date night or cuddling will bring renewed feelings.
-If dating, remember to practice safe sex. The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has increased significantly among older adults. Sex is an important part of life – even as we age – but safe sex precautions are smart at any age.

I frequently give seminars on love, sex and aging and I am always reminded about how important love and relationships remain to older adults. I also know many are often unsure of where to start. My last tip is not to be afraid or embarrassed to speak with your physician and to find out more about how to bring and keep love in your life, as you age.

Article From Inter Valley Health Plan

 



It’s not just a “young man’s fancy” that turns to love; it’s people of all ages, including older adults, who also want to enjoy the beauty and benefits of romance.

Interestingly, as the Woodstock and “free love” generation is reaching Medicare status, sociologists, marketers and even healthcare providers are noting that what many want from love as they age may have changed a bit over the years.

Today, adults – whether in long-term monogamous relationships or newly widowed or divorced –are seeking connections that will help support and nurture them throughout the aging process. While sex is certainly a part of a fulfilling relationship – meaningful relationships for Baby-Boomers do require much more.

Here are some tips about how to bring more love into your life as you age.

-Maintain friendships. Many people lose connections with friends, family and colleagues as they age or after the kids are out of the home. Now is the time to renew past relationships. Now is the time to reach out to find new friends and new contacts.
-Host game night. Invite former colleagues on a quarterly lunch date, drop an email to the people you value.
-Explore something new. Finding something new to do – on your own or with your significant other – expands your horizons and brings new topics and ideas to discuss in all your relationships.
-Focus on your health. Whether it’s improving your self-image or better managing an existing health condition, when you are focused on your health, you will feel physically and emotionally better – and will be better prepared to take on new experiences.
-Remember you are never too old to connect with someone new. Don’t be afraid to start a new relationship. A relationship doesn’t have to be romantic. Friendships can bring tremendous joy and comfort as we age. Every new connection you make (or old one you renew) has value.
-Talk to your spouse or significant other. He or she may be feeling the same things you are and be just as unsure on how to bring up topics related to love and sex. Perhaps a date night or cuddling will bring renewed feelings.
-If dating, remember to practice safe sex. The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has increased significantly among older adults. Sex is an important part of life – even as we age – but safe sex precautions are smart at any age.

I frequently give seminars on love, sex and aging and I am always reminded about how important love and relationships remain to older adults. I also know many are often unsure of where to start. My last tip is not to be afraid or embarrassed to speak with your physician and to find out more about how to bring and keep love in your life, as you age.

It’s not just a “young man’s fancy” that turns to love; it’s people of all ages, including older adults, who also want to enjoy the beauty and benefits of romance.

Interestingly, as the Woodstock and “free love” generation is reaching Medicare status, sociologists, marketers and even healthcare providers are noting that what many want from love as they age may have changed a bit over the years.

Today, adults – whether in long-term monogamous relationships or newly widowed or divorced –are seeking connections that will help support and nurture them throughout the aging process. While sex is certainly a part of a fulfilling relationship – meaningful relationships for Baby-Boomers do require much more.

Here are some tips about how to bring more love into your life as you age.

-Maintain friendships. Many people lose connections with friends, family and colleagues as they age or after the kids are out of the home. Now is the time to renew past relationships. Now is the time to reach out to find new friends and new contacts.
-Host game night. Invite former colleagues on a quarterly lunch date, drop an email to the people you value.
-Explore something new. Finding something new to do – on your own or with your significant other – expands your horizons and brings new topics and ideas to discuss in all your relationships.
-Focus on your health. Whether it’s improving your self-image or better managing an existing health condition, when you are focused on your health, you will feel physically and emotionally better – and will be better prepared to take on new experiences.
-Remember you are never too old to connect with someone new. Don’t be afraid to start a new relationship. A relationship doesn’t have to be romantic. Friendships can bring tremendous joy and comfort as we age. Every new connection you make (or old one you renew) has value.
-Talk to your spouse or significant other. He or she may be feeling the same things you are and be just as unsure on how to bring up topics related to love and sex. Perhaps a date night or cuddling will bring renewed feelings.
-If dating, remember to practice safe sex. The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has increased significantly among older adults. Sex is an important part of life – even as we age – but safe sex precautions are smart at any age.

I frequently give seminars on love, sex and aging and I am always reminded about how important love and relationships remain to older adults. I also know many are often unsure of where to start. My last tip is not to be afraid or embarrassed to speak with your physician and to find out more about how to bring and keep love in your life, as you age.



 


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