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SEXUALITY AND THE ELDERLY 2 Popular Cultures perceptions of Sexuality and Aging Sex is considered to be an essential part of emotional and physical health ( Hillman, 2012 ). In any relationship, sexual activity creates a strong bond between partners and, it’s also a way of expressing feelings towards your partner. Hillman (2012) stated that in western society, sex among elders is considered to be a taboo. Society tends to believe that once you attain certain age sex should not be part of your vocabulary. people of today finds it weird when they hear elderly people talking or discussing their sex life and if they find or hear one, they consider them as "dirty old man". Also, myths are surrounding the society that elderly people do not desire nor practice sex which in case it is not true. It is healthier for people to express their sexual desires because it will help them leave a healthy life. According to science, sex is important because it helps in reducing stress and its benefits one's physical health. This article is going to discuss the popular culture's perception of sexuality and ageing. The sexual responses in older people, the physiological and psychological aspects of ageing and sexuality. People tend to forget that older people were once active during their teenage days. Yes, it's true when people grow old their body changes and, they will not be active like before. For example, women when they approach menopause their body changes in shape and size and this affects their self-esteem. Also, their estrogen levels begin to decrease thus causing vaginal dryness and this makes them uncomfortable during sex ( Lyons, 2009). Men also change as they age. For example, a man's testosterone levels reduce and it usually takes them longer to get
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