If you believe the studies, there is a LOT of action going on between the sheets among those over 60 -- and even among those over 70 and 80. A large body of research shows that arousal continues well into old age. Specifically, data from the University of Chicago's National Social Life, Health and Aging Project presented in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that many men and women remain sexually active even when in their 70s and 80s.
But it's more than just the Viagra that makes sex over 60 such a satisfying experience. Many seniors have figured out how to have hot sex -- the best in their lives -- with the help of a few tips. Here are just seven of them from Joan Price, author of several books including "Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex," as well as creator of the blog Naked At Our Age.
#1 If You're Not In The Mood, Do It Anyway
This one is a real shocker for many women, says <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Joan-Price/e/B001JRXBHW" target="_hplink">Joan Price</a>, author of several books including <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Naked-Our-Age-Talking-Senior/dp/1580053386/ref=la_B001JRXBHW_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352900039&sr=1-1" target="_hplink">"Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex."</a> But as we age, the hormonal drive that says "I crave sex" has receded, if not stopped. So if we're waiting for that desire to overwhelm us, it's not going to happen the way it used to. However, if everything is working effectively physiologically, if you just start getting aroused, the desire will follow, Price says. And the more we do it, the more likely we'll be aroused.
#2 Schedule Sex
Spontaneity is vastly overrated, Price says. Couples need lots of time for arousal and for bonding, and the best way to ensure really good sex is to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/marriage-and-sex-schedule-sex_n_1784519.html">schedule the hours to be together</a>. Go out and do something physical like dancing or walking to get the blood flow going, she advised; then take your time touching and kissing, according to Price. If you schedule sex, you also will get yourself aroused thinking about it, she added.
#3 Kiss And Kiss
Kiss sweetly, passionately, quickly, slowly, contentedly, hungrily, lightly, sloppily, Price advises. All kinds of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/sexless-marriage-kissing_n_1746190.html?utm_hp_ref=fifty&ir=Fifty">kisses help you bond with your partner</a>, warm up and enjoy the moment.</li>
#4 Have Sex During Your 'High Energy' Time
You may not realize it, but your sex drive ebbs and flows throughout the day, Price explains. The worst time for sex for most people is after dinner, because the blood flow is going to digestion instead of the genitals. Chart for a few days when you feel "the tingle," Price said. It might be 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. or right after waking up.
#5 Use A Silky Lubricant
Older women don't have the natural moisture they used to, but there are many different lubricants that feel great and bring back the joy of friction, Price noted.
#6 Bring Sex Toys Into The Bedroom
A well-chosen, well-placed sex toy can be the difference between arousal and orgasm -- and not, Price says. Older couples often need a lot more stimulation and more intense stimulation than they used to.
#7 Laugh A Lot
Play silly games, invent special words, tease each other, rediscover your childhood together, Price suggests. Laughter is bonding, joyful, ageless -- and sexy.
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