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Older Women Take on the Challenges of Life, Love, and Sex

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With the baby boomers (those born from 1946-1964) aging in increasing numbers, many books are being written to help them navigate the terrain of aging. For women specifically, there are an abundance of titles that tackle issues from the nuts and bolts of older sexuality to their inner emotional lives.

Three books that fall on this continuum which overlap, while still standing solidly in their own sphere are:

Naked At Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex by Joan Price

How We Love Now: Sex and the New Intimacy in Second Adulthood by Suzanne Braun Levine
Prime Time by Jane Fonda

Price drills down on sexuality after sixty, leaving no stone unturned. Solitary sex, nontraditional practices and relationships, moving forward after divorce and breakup, sex after illness, and painful sex are some of the topics covered. Encompassing the concerns of men and women, straight and gay, she informs readers early on that “sex might not feel or look the way it did when our hormone rush propelled us into jet-stream sex, but it can be highly arousing and satisfactory.”

Having communicated via a questionnaire with readers of her books and blog, Price chose the recurrent themes as her subjects.
She then interspersed individual stories culled from her correspondence with advice and facts from specialists.

One of Price’s key takeaways is that it’s important to revive desire and to make time for sex.

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