In an Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier this year, the 77-year-old Jane Fonda fessed up to having quite a bit of fun in her later years, and not just in the bedroom. “I was 50 years old… We get on the plane and he asks, ‘Are you a member of the mile-high club?’… And then I joined!”
Women like Jane are not uncommon. “Recent studies and surveys show that the brain of those well over 60 years old want and enjoy sex,” says Judith Horstman in her book The Scientific American Healthy Aging Brain. And though the media and public continue to label sexually active older women with derogatory terms such as ‘cougars’, such sexual desire is in fact normal, and physically and psychologically healthy.
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