“It’s the secret sex life of your parents and grandparents.” That’s what one 70-year-old woman in Somerset told Channel 4 News.
In fact, 51 per cent of people over 60 told us they are sexually active and many describe enjoying a late sexual bloom.
Her granddaughter Nicola is acting as both facilitator and gatekeeper and sifting those she thinks are suitable.
Despite many feeling liberated in themselves, many told us they didn’t feel like society was very approving of OAP sex.
Many felt overlooked and that they became invisible after the menopause.
Online dating has made sex more accessible for men and women over 60.
And just like younger people, most are turning to the internet to do so.Connie, 83, from London has just signed up for a dating site, even though she can’t work a computer.Margaret, 67 from Oxfordshire told us: “We still feel as though we have a right to be a sexual being as well as everything else. ” “Younger people nowadays must think: ‘Oh God, that’s gross, you know, granny’s at it,'” Myra, 67, in Essex, told us.But at it they are, and a third of those who are single told us they too would like to meet someone new.
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.“I can say that sometimes in the street I think: ‘Oh yeah, that would be a nice person to go to bed with’,” Vikki, 70, from Dorset told us.