The AARP article 'Sex in the Fifties' reports on the survey's findings. It states, 'Check out the results of our sex and romance survey, and see how your own love life stacks up.'
The AARP article also states, 'Between 2004 and 2009, the percentage of people in their 50s who say they have sex at least once a week took about a 10-point plunge for both sexes (women dropped from 43 to 32 percent, and men from 49 to 41 percent).'
And, 'The 50-somethings aren't special; most other age groups saw a drop in their frequency of sex, too.'
The article further reports that only 43% of older Americans in 2009 are satisfied with their sex lives. In 2004, that percentage was 51%, a difference of 8%.
The survey also found that, in 2009, about 22% of Americans 45 years of age and older believe that only married people should have sex. In 1999, that percentage was 41%, a difference of 19%.
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Dr. Pepper Schwartz, who is called AARP's 'love and relationship ambassador,' states, 'Financial worries tend to seep into all parts of a couple's life together. It's hard for some people to feel warm and sexy when they are afraid of losing their home'”or they have already lost their job! People complain of feeling distant, disconnected, and emotionally bound up."
Please read the AARP article "Sex in the Fifties" for additional information on the AARP survey on sex and relationships in the United States for people 45 years and older.
AARP is a U.S.-based non-governmental organization whose mission statement is "a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over ... dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age," which "provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members." (About AARP)