Author(s): Marie de Hennezel
In Sex After Sixty, Marie de Hennezel addresses the most taboo of subjects: the sexuality of seniors.
Employing an equal measure of modesty and irreverence, de Hennezel probes the mystery and depth of the enjoyment of physical love at a later stage of life. Through interviews, lectures, and her own analysis -- including forays into areas such as tantric sex -- she invites the reader on a journey to the heart of this unrecognised territory.
It turns out that emotional intimacy plays a huge role in maintaining a sex life as you age. The quality of a relationship obviously matters a lot in being able to take your time, trust your partner, and explore a sexuality that's more sensual and more playful than that of earlier years. It's all about knowing how to take pleasure as it comes, rather than focussing on what could be ... This is what characterises a less impulsive, but more erotic, sexuality. And it's not less satisfying, either. Far from it.
Marie de Hennezel is an esteemed psychologist and psychotherapist entrusted with the mission of raising palliative-care awareness by the French ministry of health. She is the author of two ministerial reports about caring for those with terminal illnesses, and has written ten books about growing older, including The Warmth of the Heart Prevents Your Body from Rusting and Seize the Day. Her books have been translated into 22 languages.