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In fact, demographics experts are noting that the large number of people born in the baby boom period after World War II are redefining what is considered "old." Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the young baby boomers who were then in their 20s and 30s, viewed people in their 50s as "oldsters." But now that these same baby boomers are entering the 40s and 50s themselves, they refuse to inherit that label.

Among men, about 20 percent suffered from erectile dysfunction, which increased to nearly half by age 80, according to the survey, which was funded by Pfizer, Inc., the maker of the impotence treatment Viagra.How do men change physically with age, and how does that affect sex?In most instances older men require a longer time in order to achieve an erection.Masters and Johnson discovered that "human sexual response may be slowed by the aging process, but it is certainly not terminated." Several recent reports indicate that the majority of women and nearly all men from 50-80 are still interested in sex.These studies also confirm that the majority of the elderly are capable of engaging in and enjoying sex.Another normal change that occurs in the older man is the loss of orgasmic inevitability or the sensation of impending orgasm that occurs in younger men.

Some older men will notice that the volume of the ejaculate decreases slightly and the force of the ejaculate also decreases with age.

What took only a few seconds to a few minutes in a 19-year-old now requires 10-15 minutes in an older man.

Many patients are often "cured" of impotence just by learning this important consequence of aging.

In the United States, two-thirds of men aged 70 or older have a companion who is a potential sex partner, while less than one-third of women do because of women's longer life spans and divorce patterns.

The myths surrounding sexual intimacy in later years are finally being put in their proper place - behind us.

The older man also loses some of the focus on orgasm.