They see each other most days, but Carole says: “It’s more exciting seeing each other when you don’t see each other all the time.” David was keen to avoid the compromising involved by sharing each other’s space. “You don’t want to be in a close, tight relationship again with all that involves, with all the sort of mundane things.” Throughout our research we have repeatedly heard how this second chance at love and sex was entirely unexpected. Solange, 79, from Wales told us: “I might have been in my 40s when I had an inkling of what it was. Solange added: “My take on older men right now is that they’re looking for a housekeeper or a care-giver, neither of which roles I am prepared to take on.” And so living apart seems to be a growing trend among older people trying to keep things fresh. David and Carole live opposite each other, having moved down to Hastings after their respective partners died. 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.Online dating has made sex more accessible for men and women over 60.But as well as offering the possibility of greater sexual fulfilment, the internet is also throwing up new challenges and dangers.
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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.
And just like younger people, most are turning to the internet to do so.