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Guess what seniors are researching on the Internet now

Guess what seniors are researching on the Internet now
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Sex never gets old, does it? As it turns out, a lot of senior citizens are having sex.

In fact, about half of men in their 70s say they have sex at least a couple of times a month, and about one-third of women in that age group do, too. That's a good thing.

Scientific American magazine says being sexually active is good for your health, even when you're older. So there.

However, talking about sex even when you're a senior citizen can be uncomfortable. For example, if you're a widower who hasn't gone on a first date in 50 years, you may be wondering, "How do I ask a woman to have sex?" But there are more serious questions you should be asking, too.

Is it OK to have sex while on the medication you're taking? How do you protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases?

Making matters more complicated, doctors are also reluctant to talk about sex with their older patients. Doctors and employees at senior citizen facilities aren't addressing sexual issues that may affect your health, according to scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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