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Panelists:
Abigail Trafford, Washington Post columnist and author of My Time
Jesse Kornbluth, Headbutler.com
Jane Juska, author of A Round-Heeled Woman and Unaccompanied Women
Dr. Bean Robinson, University of Minnesota's Program in Human Sexuality

Are you ever too old to have sex?  Well, it depends.


The Life (Part 2) panel talks about sex and sexuality in the "golden years." The short answer is: it depends.  It depends on things like opportunity, availability, ability and desire.  


The long answer is no, you're never too old for sex. But the landscape does change. Dr. Bean Robinson, Associate Director of the University of Minnesota's  Program in Human Sexuality, says that sexual connection is very basic to humans. After all, each of us has a sexual identity and while it may change, it doesn't disappear.


There are also differences in the ways that men and women deal with their sexuality over the years. A lot of women become more confident in expressing and acting on their needs and desires. On the other hand, and for the other gender, there may be fears about "performing."  Erectile dysfunction is big business these days, and thus, a pervasive part of the culture.


So there's some not-so-good news, and some good news. Over time, Dr. Bean says, people tend to have less sex in long-term relationships.  But, people also claim more satisfaction with their sex lives as they age.