For perspective, 10 percent of 18-24 year-olds have used these sites…a relatively small generational gap.
Plus, study after study shows that human interaction has many benefits for seniors (whereas loneliness is detrimental to seniors, both mentally and physically), so community staff are often happy to facilitate these love connections.But relationships between retirement community residents also can raise logistical and legal issues for their families, caregivers, and the facility where they live.There are also more divorced older people than there were in past decades.Couples over 65 were more than twice as likely to go through a divorce in 2014 than they were in the 1990s. Also, older baby boomers came of age when birth control pills were widely accepted; they are not a generation raised on condoms.Another way of looking at it: Seniors had a fraction—far less than 1 percent—of the number of STDs that young adults did.
Still, the increases concern health officials because STDs were rare among seniors in the past.
It’s a small price to pay for the assurance that sex—safer sex—can keep going long after that AARP card comes the mail.
It may be the worst-kept secret in the senior living industry: single residents of retirement homes are having sexual relationships with each other.
But there are also reasons for seniors in retirement communities to be cautious about starting an intimate relationship.
Mainstream online dating sites like e Harmony and make it easier than ever for single seniors to find a mate.
Though there has been little research on what’s going on in the bedrooms of older adults, we know that American seniors often are having intimate relationships well into their 70s and even 80s, enabled in some cases by “little blue pills.” But with age, certain health conditions can limit seniors’ ability to safely engage in sexual activity.