The Sexes: Romance and the Aged

In Florida's Sun City retirement community near Tampa, a street sign warns motorists: DRIVE SLOWLY, GRANDPARENTS PLAYING. They are indeed—in ways that their children can scarcely imagine. In Sun City, as well as in other places across the nation, elderly people in growing numbers are having emotionally close, long-term affairs. Young people prefer to think of their parents and grandparents as old moralists, says Unitarian Minister Richard Boeke of St. Petersburg. In fact, he asserts, many of the aged are still looking for sex and romance.

Like teenagers, old people date and dance. They send scorching glances at each other across the...

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