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Miley Cyrus said on her October 7 appearance on "Today" that she's heard people over 40 "don't have sex anymore." Leave it to Suzanne Somers, 67, to correct the 20-year-old singer. The former <a href='http://www.cbspressexpress.com/cbs-entertainment/shows/the-talk/video?watch=2pzu7emz1n' target='_blank'>"Three's Company" star told the ladies of "The Talk</a>" that she and her husband of 36 years, Alan Hamel, 77, actually have sex "a couple times a day." Listen to your elders, Miley. And in case the pop star needs more proof that the 40-and-up crowd can also get down, here are a few other celebs who are sexy in their 60s. Miley Cyrus said on her October 7 appearance on “Today” that she’s heard people over 40 “don’t have sex anymore.” Leave it to Suzanne Somers, 67, to correct the 20-year-old singer. The former “Three’s Company” star told the ladies of “The Talk” that she and her husband of 36 years, Alan Hamel, 77, actually have sex “a couple times a day.” Listen to your elders, Miley. And in case the pop star needs more proof that the 40-and-up crowd can also get down, here are a few other celebs who are sexy in their 60s.
Actor Kurt Russell, 62, and partner Goldie Hawn, 67, are championed as one of the happiest unmarried couples around. Whenever we see them, they're always beaming. Onlookers at a New York movie premiere in September <a href='http://www.express.co.uk/news/showbiz/432333/Goldie-Hawn-and-Kurt-Russell-prove-they-re-more-in-love-than-ever-at-charity-event' target='_blank'>commented that the two could hardly keep their hands off one another. </a>Actor Kurt Russell, 62, and partner Goldie Hawn, 67, are championed as one of the happiest unmarried couples around. Whenever we see them, they’re always beaming. Onlookers at a New York movie premiere in September commented that the two could hardly keep their hands off one another.
If anything, Meryl Streep has only gotten sexier with age. The Oscar winner, now 64, has single-handedly pushed past the notion that actresses should leave Hollywood when they hit 30. In the eyes of <a href='http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/6937328/Meryl-Streep-60-and-never-sexier.html' target='_blank'>The Telegraph's film critic David Gritten</a>, it all comes "down to sex. ... Apart from her remarkable skills as a film actress, there's a glow, a sensuality and a radiance about Streep these days. Put simply, she's looking great."If anything, Meryl Streep has only gotten sexier with age. The Oscar winner, now 64, has single-handedly pushed past the notion that actresses should leave Hollywood when they hit 30. In the eyes of The Telegraph’s film critic David Gritten, it all comes “down to sex. … Apart from her remarkable skills as a film actress, there’s a glow, a sensuality and a radiance about Streep these days. Put simply, she’s looking great.”
At 67, Cher has no need to turn back time. On the cover of her latest album, "Closer to the Truth," the singer proved how young she feels in skimpy lingerie, and she's been known to tweet photos of herself in <a href='https://twitter.com/cher/statuses/385180589009420289' target='_blank'>fishnets and knee-high boots</a>. When one fan responded to one such picture asking if Cher has "discovered how to get hot boys yet," Cher responded, "I'm way too old for hot boys. Hot men, now that's another story."At 67, Cher has no need to turn back time. On the cover of her latest album, “Closer to the Truth,” the singer proved how young she feels in skimpy lingerie, and she’s been known to tweet photos of herself in fishnets and knee-high boots. When one fan responded to one such picture asking if Cher has “discovered how to get hot boys yet,” Cher responded, “I’m way too old for hot boys. Hot men, now that’s another story.”
When 64-year-old Richard Gere opened a boutique hotel in 2012, he told CNN he had a very clear understanding of what he wanted the design to convey. "Sex -- every choice in here was about sex," <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/17/showbiz/richard-gere-hotel-bedford-post/index.html' target='_blank'>People's former Sexiest Man Alive told CNN. </a>And yet, <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/25/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/richard-gere-oscars/index.html?c=showbiz&amp;page=0' target='_blank'>the guy doesn't believe that he has "a certain impact" on the opposite sex. </a>When 64-year-old Richard Gere opened a boutique hotel in 2012, he told CNN he had a very clear understanding of what he wanted the design to convey. “Sex — every choice in here was about sex,” People’s former Sexiest Man Alive told CNN. And yet, the guy doesn’t believe that he has “a certain impact” on the opposite sex.
Musician Sting, 62, has never been shy about sharing details of his sex life. He and wife Trudie Styler <a href='http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/8980773/Trudie-Styler-Tantric-sex-All-day-long-With-Sting-If-only....html' target='_blank'>aren't quite having tantric sex for hours, as rumor has claimed</a>, but they do like to keep things spicy. "I don't think pedestrian sex is very interesting," he told <a href='http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/fashion-articles/sting-trudie-styler-interview-0211' target='_blank'>Harper's Bazaar in 2011</a>. "There's a playfulness we have; I like the theater of sex. I like to look good. I like her to dress up. I like to dress her up. ... Romantic? We like tawdry."Musician Sting, 62, has never been shy about sharing details of his sex life. He and wife Trudie Styler aren’t quite having tantric sex for hours, as rumor has claimed, but they do like to keep things spicy. “I don’t think pedestrian sex is very interesting,” he told Harper’s Bazaar in 2011. “There’s a playfulness we have; I like the theater of sex. I like to look good. I like her to dress up. I like to dress her up. … Romantic? We like tawdry.”
Jessica Lange nearly set the big screen on fire with her steamy work alongside Jack Nicholson in 1981's "The Postman Always Rings Twice." But at 64, Lange's bedroom is still the source of speculation -- <a href='http://www.gossipcop.com/jessica-lange-lesbian-sarah-paulson-dating-relationship-gay/' target='_blank'>last year, her rep had to debunk a rumor</a> that she was "making sweet music" with her "American Horror Story" co-star, Sarah Paulson. Jessica Lange nearly set the big screen on fire with her steamy work alongside Jack Nicholson in 1981′s “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” But at 64, Lange’s bedroom is still the source of speculation — last year, her rep had to debunk a rumor that she was “making sweet music” with her “American Horror Story” co-star, Sarah Paulson.
If you ever start to doubt that sexiness has no expiration date, just remember Helen Mirren. First came <a href='http://archive.people.com/people/archive/jpgs/20081229/20081229-750-90.jpg' target='_blank'>that bikini</a>. Then, in 2010, around age 65, Mirren pulled ahead of Megan Fox in <a href='http://www.esquire.com/women/the-sexiest-woman-alive/bracket-tournament/megan-fox-vs-helen-mirren' target='_blank'>Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive</a> tournament. But the now 68-year-old's response to all the attention is even better: "We have to let go of this crap," <a href='http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/helen-mirren-sherry-lansing-leadership-award-recipient' target='_blank'>Mirren told The Hollywood Reporter</a> that same year. "It creates even more pressure on women, and I certainly don't want to be a part of that. ... The fact that I look good at the age I am is bloody irrelevant."If you ever start to doubt that sexiness has no expiration date, just remember Helen Mirren. First came that bikini. Then, in 2010, around age 65, Mirren pulled ahead of Megan Fox in Esquire magazine’s Sexiest Woman Alive tournament. But the now 68-year-old’s response to all the attention is even better: “We have to let go of this crap,” Mirren told The Hollywood Reporter that same year. “It creates even more pressure on women, and I certainly don’t want to be a part of that. … The fact that I look good at the age I am is bloody irrelevant.”
Now 60, Pierce Brosnan can still play the older gentleman who falls for a younger lover, as he did in this year's "Love Is All You Need." It has been 12 years since the former 007 was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, but Brosnan is secure in his standing. "There's nothing to prove," <a href='http://www.today.com/entertainment/60-pierce-brosnan-still-sexy-strong-i-feel-comfortable-my-6C9538497' target='_blank'>he told "Today" in April</a>. "I feel comfortable in my own skin." Now 60, Pierce Brosnan can still play the older gentleman who falls for a younger lover, as he did in this year’s “Love Is All You Need.” It has been 12 years since the former 007 was named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, but Brosnan is secure in his standing. “There’s nothing to prove,” he told “Today” in April. “I feel comfortable in my own skin.”
Some of Pam Grier's "Foxiest" work is older than some of her fans, but the film star's still got it. <a href='http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/movies-for-grownups/info-09-2010/actress_pam_grier.2.html' target='_blank'>As a cancer survivor at 64, Grier says</a> battling that disease has taught her "how close I came to death, and how far I can go in life. ... A lot of women think that after menopause you won't care about being sexually intimate with a man. I don't know if that's true or not, but I know for many women, including myself, we don't know we had it. All we know is, we good to go!"Some of Pam Grier’s “Foxiest” work is older than some of her fans, but the film star’s still got it. As a cancer survivor at 64, Grier says battling that disease has taught her “how close I came to death, and how far I can go in life. … A lot of women think that after menopause you won’t care about being sexually intimate with a man. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I know for many women, including myself, we don’t know we had it. All we know is, we good to go!”
The secret to Jeff Bridges' sex appeal? Keeping it real. <a href='http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/moslive/article-1250537/Jeff-Bridges-The-secrets-success.html#ixzz2hLwO3jEb' target='_blank'>As the 63-year-old said in 2010</a>, "Being a sex symbol is all about honesty - that's not how I see myself at all, but I think the attractive men are the ones who show you who they are."The secret to Jeff Bridges’ sex appeal? Keeping it real. As the 63-year-old said in 2010, “Being a sex symbol is all about honesty – that’s not how I see myself at all, but I think the attractive men are the ones who show you who they are.”
"Today" personality Kathie Lee Gifford is an open book at 60. She'll happily <a href='http://www.tmz.com/2013/03/15/kathie-lee-gifford-pubic-hair-vagina-hota-kotb/' target='_blank'>talk freely about pubic hair care</a> -- or <a href='http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/miley-sex-40-quality-article-1.1481334?pgno=1' target='_blank'>how sex after 40 is all about quality, not quantity.</a> (Tell that to Suzanne Somers.)“Today” personality Kathie Lee Gifford is an open book at 60. She’ll happily talk freely about pubic hair care — or how sex after 40 is all about quality, not quantity. (Tell that to Suzanne Somers.)
Like many of her 60-something counterparts, Jane Seymour has no problem getting cast in a sensual role. The 62-year-old actress recently appeared <a href='http://www.thewrap.com/tv/article/jane-seymour-talks-sex-surrogates-being-bond-girl-and-making-out-heather-locklear-100046' target='_blank'>on "Franklin &amp; Bash" as a "sex surrogate." </a>Like many of her 60-something counterparts, Jane Seymour has no problem getting cast in a sensual role. The 62-year-old actress recently appeared on “Franklin & Bash” as a “sex surrogate.”
At 68, Tom Selleck is just as sexy as he was back in his "Magnum, P.I." days. (We think it has something to do with the mustache.) <a href='http://teamcoco.com/video/tom-selleck-sexy-avocado' target='_blank'>Even his 20-acre avocado ranch is "vaguely sexual</a>," as he told Conan O'Brien in 2011. At 68, Tom Selleck is just as sexy as he was back in his “Magnum, P.I.” days. (We think it has something to do with the mustache.) Even his 20-acre avocado ranch is “vaguely sexual,” as he told Conan O’Brien in 2011.
Is it any wonder Bill Cosby's "Cosby Show" character, Cliff Huxtable, was always trying to get quality time with his wife, Clair? With Phylicia Rashad, who's still just as classy at 65, in the role, it was totally believable.Is it any wonder Bill Cosby’s “Cosby Show” character, Cliff Huxtable, was always trying to get quality time with his wife, Clair? With Phylicia Rashad, who’s still just as classy at 65, in the role, it was totally believable.
Susan Lucci embodied sex appeal for decades as Erica Kane on "All My Children." Now 66, the actress has taken her spark from daytime to prime time -- she's starring on "Devious Maids," <a href='http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2013/06/11/tv-susan-lucci-devious-maids/2413279/' target='_blank'>which she's described as</a> a combination of "intrigue and murder, mayhem, little surprises and sexy. ... All the good stuff."Susan Lucci embodied sex appeal for decades as Erica Kane on “All My Children.” Now 66, the actress has taken her spark from daytime to prime time — she’s starring on “Devious Maids,” which she’s described as a combination of “intrigue and murder, mayhem, little surprises and sexy. … All the good stuff.”
Susan Sarandon was once told her sexy days would soon come to an end before she even turned 40, and <a href='http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20580238,00.html' target='_blank'>the actress recalled last year</a> that she (rightly) laughed at the notion. Now 67, Sarandon says sensuality is "really more of an attitude than it is being naked," she told People magazine. "I'm happy to be considered desirable. I love it!" Susan Sarandon was once told her sexy days would soon come to an end before she even turned 40, and the actress recalled last year that she (rightly) laughed at the notion. Now 67, Sarandon says sensuality is “really more of an attitude than it is being naked,” she told People magazine. “I’m happy to be considered desirable. I love it!”
For some reason, former "Charlie's Angel" <a href='http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20063290,00.html' target='_blank'>Jaclyn Smith never considered herself to be a sex symbol</a>, but we politely disagree. At 67, Smith, a cancer survivor, still has the poise and beauty we were first introduced to years ago. Check out how <a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdCGyBd5_kw' target='_blank'>she stunned the co-hosts of "The Talk" last fall. </a>For some reason, former “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith never considered herself to be a sex symbol, but we politely disagree. At 67, Smith, a cancer survivor, still has the poise and beauty we were first introduced to years ago. Check out how she stunned the co-hosts of “The Talk” last fall.

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  • Research shows 57- to 85-year-olds remain sexually active
  • Marital satisfaction may improve once kids leave the nest
  • “We’re no longer propelled by our hormones,” says one senior sex expert

Editor’s note: Ian Kerner, a sexuality counselor and New York Times best-selling author, writes about sex and relationships for CNN Health. Read more from him on his website, Good In Bed.

(CNN) — Contrary to the recent musings of Miley Cyrus that sex goes kaput once you hit 40, there’s research to support that older people are right to have “great sexpectations.”

But research has shown that as people age, they don’t necessarily forget how to have a good time in the bedroom.

“Sex can be better after 40, 50 and 60 than it ever was in our 20s,” says Joan Price, a writer, educator and senior sex expert. “Now, we’re no longer propelled by our hormones — we’re having sex for other reasons: sexual pleasure and release, intimacy, joy, bonding, emotional well-being.”

As I discussed in a previous CNN column, sex therapist David Schnarch writes about the difference between a person’s “genital prime” and his or her “sexual prime.”

For most of us, the genital prime happens during adolescence and our 20s, when the body is in its best shape. However, the mind may not be as well-developed sexually. Schnarch says that a person’s sexual prime is actually well beyond what most of us think of as the hot-and-heavy sex years — more like middle age than high school.

So is senior sex actually something you should be looking forward to? Does it get better with age?

According to a study in the November 2008 issue of Psychological Science, marital satisfaction may actually improve once your kids leave the nest, and this higher satisfaction level extends to the bedroom.

Is sex safe after a heart attack?

In fact, many of my colleagues in the world of sex therapy claim that empty-nesters tend to have more disposable income and more opportunity to enjoy quality time with their partner.

Not only that but, as we age, we benefit from accepting ourselves as we are, knowing what we like, and not being afraid to ask for it.

The New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 published a comprehensive sex survey of 57- to 85-year-olds in the United States.

The survey involved two-hour, face-to-face interviews with 3,005 men and women around the country.

Researchers also took blood, saliva and other samples so as to learn more about hormone levels, sex-related infections, and other health issues. They even tested how well seniors could see, taste, hear, and smell — things that affect being able to have and enjoy sex.

Among survey respondents, 73% of those aged 57 to 64; 53% of those aged 64 to 75; and 26% of people 75 to 85 reported having sex with a partner in the previous year.

Of those who were active, most said they did it two to three times a month or more. Not only that, more than half of those aged 57 to 75 said they still gave or received oral sex, as did about a third of 75- to 85-year-olds.

Does your relationship need a ‘love drug?’

Of course, not everything in your sexual future is rainbows and multiple orgasms. Sexual issues may arise at any age.

But in the case of this study, half of the sexually active respondents reported having at least one sexual issue to contend with. The most common issue for men was erection trouble (37%). As for women, they experienced low desire (43%), vaginal dryness (39%) and inability to have an orgasm (34%). In addition, one out of seven men used Viagra or other substances to improve sex.

Still, these issues don’t deter them. Just last year, research published in the British Medical Journal showed that 80% of 50- to 90-year-olds were sexually active.

Take that, Miley.



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