Dating and oral


The 50-somethings aren't special; most other age groups saw a drop in their frequency of sex, too. Save Money: Get AARP member discounts on travel, shopping and more The chill isn't confined to the bedroom, sadly. Consider that the number of 45 Americans who believe that only married people should have sex has dropped by nearly half in five years-from 41 percent in 1999 to 22 percent in 2009.

These probably aren't questions you'd relish answering, at least not in front of the kids.

Between 20, the percentage of people in their 50s who say they have sex at least once a week took about a 10-point plunge for both sexes (women dropped from 43 to 32 percent, and men from 49 to 41 percent). The survey found that only 43 percent of older Americans say they're satisfied with their sex lives (down from 51 percent in 2004), while the percentage who are dissatisfied with their sex lives increased.

People regard the infidelity as far more damaging to the relationship if they were, shall we say, the last to know.

Nearly 60 percent of female cheaters say their stepping out had "no effect" on their relationship, and just 9 percent think made their sex lives worse.

About half enjoy such simple nurturing activities at least weekly, although those with a regular partner are much more likely to report such frequency. To put it mildly, financial stress is probably hitting midlifers below the belt.