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Love in later life

What factors affect our experiences of our intimate relationships as we grow older? This report examines the sexual and intimate lives of older adults, using survey data of men and women aged 50 to 90+ living in England.

Valentine’s day is associated with romantic love and relationships, something that most people want in their lives. However, our experiences of love and relationships change across our lifecourse in both positive and negative ways. So as the Waterboys, and more recently Ellie Goulding, have asked ‘How Long Will I Love you?’ (Mike Scott How Long Will I Love You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC). Goulding ends her version of the song with the words: ‘We're all travelling through time together, every day of our lives, all we can do is do our best, to relish this remarkable ride’.

For the full article please visit the International Longevity Centre - UK website.

To read the report on "How long will I love you?" - Sex and intimacy in later life by Dr David Lee, University of Manchester and Professor Josie Tetley, Manchester Metropolitan University, please click here.


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  • Ian Fairclough
    14th February 2017

    So.............. what is the answer to the question?

    "How long will I love you?"