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Elderly Mainers are having unprotected sex, and that’s a problem

Those who work with the elderly say that not only are people living longer, healthier lives these days, but many seniors are also keeping busy by, well, getting busy.

“I see clients from puberty through post-menopause, and I have women in their 60s telling me they are now having the best sex of their lives,” said Terry Marley-DeRosier, women’s health care nurse practitioner at the Mabel Wadsworth Center in Bangor. “In fact, I just saw a study out of a British medical journal reporting up to 80 percent of people between the ages of 50 to 80 are sexually active.”

That is certainly good news for members of the aging and active baby boomer generation — but the risky behavior that sometimes comes with it is not. Instances of sexualy transmitted diseases among that demographic are on the rise.

“Freedom from worrying about pregnancy is so liberating for [postmenopausal] women,” DeRosier said. “In the last 10 years, sexually transmitted diseases have doubled in that age group because of that false sense of security.”

The Fiddlehead Focus / St. John Valley Times staff are pleased to feature content from our sister company, Bangor Daily News. To read the rest of “Elderly Mainers are having unprotected sex, and that’s a problem,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer Julia Bayly, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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