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This Is the Surprising Age When You’ll Have the Best Sex of Your Life
“Best sex” is a subjective term, according to Dr. Schwartz. “The most important thing about sex as we age, and at any age, is to have the right attitude,” she says.
The sex talk: Why older adults may be due for a refresher course
By Robyn A. Friedman
There’s been a dramatic rise in HIV/AIDS incidences among older adults—but why? And why now? Some of the factors Friedman discusses in her new City & Shore article include:
1) Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, implants and other tools are allowing men to be sexually active longer in life.
2) Many older adults came of age before AIDS was an issue, so they never learned about safe sex or, if they were in a monogamous long-term relationship, they didn’t care.
Not to forget how social norms and attitudes influence sexual behavior, Friedman enlists Dr. Schwartz to help explain how sociological and individual factors may also contribute to the rise:
3) “For the most part, older people identify condoms with staving off reproduction, so when they’re not able to get pregnant, they tend to not use condoms,” says Schwartz.
4) “You’re a different human being than you were [when you were younger], and you may have assumptions of what sex will be like, but particularly if you’ve been in a long-term marriage, you haven’t thought about how you measure up on the dating scene, who will find you attractive, what are the new norms of how long you wait and what is acceptable given that everyone knows you’ve had a full sex life at some point,” Schwartz says. “You simply don’t know the dance steps, so it’s a challenge because the rules, if they ever were clear, are even less so at this point.”
The realist’s guide to online dating after 50
Just how do you find Mister or Misses Right after 50?
Get ready to invest lots of time, prepare for a few setbacks, and give yourself a healthy dose of realism when you’re dating later in life. This is, after all, the “realist’s” guide to dating after 50…
Dateless in Seattle
By: Beau Iverson
This article appears in print in the February 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.
Dating in Seattle isn’t easy. Our weather is gloomy, we work a lot, many locals have embraced the Nordic reserve of the city’s early citizens, and, yes, the “Seattle Freeze” is a thing. So, how does one find love here? We asked Jenna Bean Veatch, a multidisciplinary artist, teacher and creator of “The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall In Love” meetups, and Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., a sociologist and sexologist at the University of Washington—and the Salish Lodge’s “romance concierge”—for their tips.
NYPost: The red flags to look for before you get married.
More than 55,000 single men and women have applied to be on Lifetime’s “Married at First Sight,” a reality show in its eighth season that puts a modern twist on arranged marriage. A panel of relationship experts — psychologist Jessica Griffin, sociologist Pepper Schwartz and pastor Cal Roberson — comb through the applicants and choose couples that then meet at the altar as strangers. The stakes are high: At the end of the eight-week trial period, the four selected couples have to decide whether they want to stay married or get divorced.
Why unrequited love is worse the older you get.
Pepper offers advice on how to manage unrequited love post-60.
“If you’re fixated on someone and you’re not getting the response you want, it’s never easy,” says Pepper. “But when you’re older, it’s a scarcer resource. You may wonder if you’ll ever find a love like this again.”
Put a ring on it? No way, more older singles say
By Janet Siroto
Pepper gives insight on why Americans are shucking marriage today more than ever before.
“…Often, the conditions of past marriages were painful enough and difficult enough that they are loath to re-enter that fray.”
How to avoid Thanksgiving family drama.
When it comes to politics at the dinner table, Pepper’s advice: “There’s no advantage to talking about politics at Thanksgiving. It’s fraught with danger…Not that it’s not important, but you don’t need it that day. You can do whatever you want to do the other 364 days of the year.”
Help Keep Sex Research Alive!
Endowed Professorship in Dr. Schwartz's Name
Fundraising progress through May 2018
Help us reach our goal!
The University of Minnesota is instituting an endowed professorship in Dr. Schwartz's name. This professorship ensures that the study of aging and sexuality continues regardless of varying sociopolitical climates. Without these funded, endowed professorships, studies on sex and intimacy will become more and more rare, especially those focusing on often overlooked populations like older adults. If you can donate anything to the cause, please do! If giving money is not an option for you, sharing this link and the video above to spread the word is also incredibly helpful!
"An endowed professorship in sexuality and aging will ensure the ongoing sustainability, growth, and success of our bold three-pronged mission to: 1) Expand scientific research in positive sexual health and clinical care for older adults 2) Improve education about aging and sexuality for healthcare providers 3) Provide accurate information and positive attitudes about sexuality among aging people through the media PHS named this professorship to honor Dr. Pepper Schwartz for her lifetime of contributions to the field of sexual health."
-University of Minnesota
New book on gender!
Springer Publishing has released the Handbook of the Sociology of Gender featuring Dr. Schwartz and co-author Nicholas Velotta. Their chapter, titled "Gender and Sexuality in Aging", is an illustrative review of the current state of sex and romance in the latter part of the life cycle. Both an eye-opening and well-rounded contribution, Schwartz and Velotta explore the intimate pairings, sexual behaviors, and psychological make-up of America's post-50 population.
Love persists, when we are struggling to.
In a new article featured in the Journal of Aging Life Care, Pepper and co-author Nicholas Velotta examine what love looks like after youth and how long-term care facilities are contributing to a culture of sexual repression in our aging population.
The 8 Most Common Fights Couples Have (And How to Resolve Them)
The title says it all! Pop Sugar taps into Pepper's experience dealing with warring couples and how to get them to remedy their grievances.
Looking for love later in life.
With the growing population of Americans reaching retirement age, many unmarried men and women find themselves single and ready to mingle in the later years of their life.
Pepper gives her expert insight on what the dating landscape looks like for our post-50 population and how men and women can optimize their chances at finding The One later in life.
Oh, Melania...How much more humiliation can she take?
"I don't think she ever imagined that he was going to be faithful to her..."
The LA Times gets Pepper's read on First Lady Melania Trump's choice to stay in what many see as a jocular, unsatisfactory marriage.
Sex and guilt
Who feels guilt after sex and why? Pepper offers her expert knowledge along with other scholars on why guilt and sex have had a long history with one another and how to move past it in your own sex life.
Anatomy of love: A mixed tape
This is your body in love. In a new article, Pepper illuminates what it means to be in love...physiologically. And to top it off, for each of love's physiological reactions there is an aptly named love song to go along with it. Get your Valentine's Day on with this special version of a lover's mixed tape!
My Married At First Sight Take-Away: Don't Give Up On Love!
Tips on finding your perfect match.
Pepper talks about her experiences on Married At First Sight, what to look for in a partner, and what matters long-term.
Listen to the interview on 1150 AM KKNW (Interview Date: 10/17/2017 11:30AM)
Catch Pepper's Interview with the Eggology Club
Description: Pepper Schwartz of the reality tv show, Married At First Sight joins the girls from Eggology Club to discuss the modern changes of families, relationships, and individualism from the past. Learn about Dr. Pepper‘s secrets and personal story to having it all and how to use current technology advancements to benefit your future.