Quirky World ... Sex is no longer a grey area for those in their 80s

England:Senior citizens are still enjoying active sex lives, according to the first major study of sexual health in the over-80s.

And more than half of men (54%) and almost a third of women (31%) over the age of 70 said they were still sexually active, with a third of those having “frequent” sex of at least twice a month.

More than 7,000 older people took part in the research for the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, led by Dr David Lee, an Age UK Research Fellow at the University of Manchester’s School of Social Sciences.

Problems most frequently reported by sexually active women related to becoming sexually aroused (32%), and achieving orgasm (27%), while for men it was erectile difficulties (39%).

Dr Lee said: “We hope our findings improve public health by countering stereotypes and misconceptions about late-life sexuality, and offer older people a reference against which they may relate their own experiences and expectations.”

Pushing it


A buggy listed for sale by a father who said it signified the end of his “happy carefree low-cost child-free life” has sold for £325 (€435).

Joel Andresier, 39, put the Phil and Teds buggy for sale on eBay, saying it had had “pretty much every bodily fluid known to science (and several that have yet to be discovered) chucked over it by my children. It’s also absorbed its own weight in Ella’s Kitchen meals, and mud”.

The advert went viral with bidding going over £154,000 at one stage. Joel reset the bidding, though, saying he didn’t think that offer was genuine. In his item listing, he wrote: “I shall be glad to see it leave my premises and never return.”

Wife Susan, 36, said her husband has a dry sense of humour and she could not believe the number of comments and bids the pushchair received. She told the BBC: “I thought it was hilarious and I know that he doesn’t mean it, it’s all very tongue-in-cheek.”

Kindness of strangers

A generous stranger who left a young mother a handwritten note describing her as a “credit to her generation” has been reunited with her.

Sammie Welch, 23, was travelling with her three-year-old son on a busy First Great Western train from Birmingham to Plymouth on January 22.

She was handed £5 and the note by a mystery passenger, signed “Man on train at table with glasses and hat”, as he got off at Bristol.

Sammie launched a social media campaign to track down the chivalrous stranger, who praised her for being polite and teaching son Rylan good manners.

He has since been revealed as Ken Saunders, 50, from Wiltshire, and Sammie was able to thank him in person when they were reunited. “I don’t think you realise the impact you actually had and what you actually did for us,” she told him on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.

Ken said it was a spur-of-the-moment decision to give Sammie the note and money. He revealed he was partly inspired by a stranger who helped his own daughter a few years earlier. Sammie vowed to continue the legacy of kindness.

Never too late


A renowned architect who was denied a prestigious design award has finally been honoured — 70 years on.

Berlin native Antony Wolffe came top of his class at Edinburgh College of Art in 1944 but the medal he should have won was offered to another student because of sensitivity over the war with Germany.

The 94-year-old was presented with the City of Edinburgh Medal for Civic Design in a ceremony at the college, which is hosting a retrospective of his work


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