Large majority of over-50s are having sex regularly, says study
Researchers at Trinity College have proved the old adage that 'just because there's snow on the rooftop doesn't mean a fire's not burning in the furnace'.
Their study of more than 8,000 adults over the age of 50 found an overwhelming majority (59pc) are having sex on a regular basis, with 69pc of older adults having sex on a weekly or monthly basis.
The study, by Trinity's Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing team (TILDA) found that members of the 'Baby Boom' generation and 'Generation X' - who grew up during the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s - are still sexually active - well into their 60s, 70s and beyond.
This is despite the stereotype of an "asexual older age", according to the study's authors.
The survey found more than a third of over-50s are having sex once or twice a week while 36pc are sexually active once or twice a month. Not surprisingly, the amount of sexual activity drops off as people age. Less than a quarter (23pc) of those aged 75 or older are sexually active, but three-quarters of those aged between 50 and 64 are still sexually active.
Men were also found to be more sexually active than women once they hit the 50 milestone, with 80pc of men versus just 36pc of women regarding sex as important in their lives.
But for women, the decline in sexual activity with advancing age is more rapid than their male counterparts.