Sex & Love

Geriatric Sex

Go Sumner Redstone. A recent profile in Portfolio Magazine of the 85-year-old CBS and Viacom Chairman quoted a friend about him and his girlfriend:  "Both of them love to talk about sex. If they show up fifteen minutes or a … Read More

By / January 13, 2009

Go Sumner Redstone. A recent profile in Portfolio Magazine of the 85-year-old CBS and Viacom Chairman quoted a friend about him and his girlfriend: 

"Both of them love to talk about sex. If they show up fifteen minutes or a half hour late for dinner, they might say ‘We had sex four times today!’" 

Vulgar? Absolutely, but also kind of endearing.

I can’t say my father was ever that active or that outspoken. But it was clear that romance was what made him tick, and it’s why I wrote Assisted Loving. Just a few months after my mother died, he enlisted me to help him start dating.  And when I asked him if sex was in the picture for him, his response to me was, "Son, with the pills they have today and the positive effects of the hernia surgery I had the year before last, I could go all night if I want to."

I cringed when I heard it. But I also was proud of him. He wasn’t giving up on life at age 80. Sex is rarely a question any of us want to explore when it comes to our parents. And when they’re in their senior years, it’s all the more uncomfortable. But given what’s going on today – Viagra, internet dating, personals ads and the frank sexual conversations that have entered daily life – why shouldn’t sexuality be a part of the conversation at any age?

You can read several articles about all this on the links page of www.AssistedLoving.com. Or you can find this unseemly and click off in horror. 

To life! To Love! To Sex!

L’chaim!

Bob Morris, author of Assisted Loving: True Tales of Double Dating with My Dad, is guest blogging on Jewcy, and he’ll be here all week. Stay tuned.