In fact, 51 per cent of people over 60 told us they are sexually active and many describe enjoying a late sexual bloom.In exclusive research, Channel 4 News carried out in-depth interviews with 76 over-60s all over the country and polled another 500 to find out about love, sex and relationships in what is fast becoming a new, old age.Justin Gaffney is a sexual health nurse consultant and told us: “There is a degree of naivety in the older population in that they just don’t see that they are at risk of sexual infections.” In fact, older people become more anatomically susceptible to STIs as they age, and yet 64 per cent of our respondents who are either in new relationships or are dating, hadn’t sought sexual health advice.Justin has had people come to him using household products as lubricants- shampoo, hand cream and even cooking oil.As Nicola sends a smiley to a man called John who’s caught her grandma’s eye, Connie tells us that Nicola need not worry about her.“I have got my wits about me, I do know what it’s all about.” Stella and Peter met on e Harmony and got married a year ago, having both lost their long-term partners.
It may be hard to admit it, but, often, we are our own worst enemies when it comes to dating. When I found myself single after 32 years of marriage, I vacillated between delight and despondency.“You don’t want to be in a close, tight relationship again with all that involves, with all the sort of mundane things.” Throughout our research we have repeatedly heard how this second chance at love and sex was entirely unexpected. Even with these national deals, whilst there will be some specific organisations mentioned, the emphasis in this section is on making you aware of the types of things available so that you can make your own enquiries.David and Carole live opposite each other, having moved down to Hastings after their respective partners died. They see each other most days, but Carole says: “It’s more exciting seeing each other when you don’t see each other all the time.” David was keen to avoid the compromising involved by sharing each other’s space.