Have a safe sex
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if you think your sex life is over when you hit a certain age, guess again. With so many seniors living life to the fullest in every way, they're also at risk for sexually transmitted diseases.

Betty Debaptiste is 71 and works at the Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults. Her job? She teaches seniors all about safe sex, warning them about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

"[There's] nothing wrong in it," DeBaptiste tells CBS station WCBS-TV. "I tell them, if it wasn't for sex we wouldn't be here."

And according to 81-year-old Louise Jackson, sex gets better with age.

"Well you might find it funny but I find it great! It's no different than when I was 16 or 18," she says.

DeBaptiste and her team are hoping their presentations will get seniors and their families to talk more openly about sex.

Not a problem for 82-year-old Phyllis Casper and her husband Lenny.

"We always are, we really kiss mostly all the time," she says.

The Caspers married each other six months after meeting, and it's lasted 33 years.

"By the time I met Lenny, I knew sex was delicious and that there are a lot of things that people do that nobody talks about, and if you want to do it, then you do it," Phyllis says.

The Caspers are incredibly candid about sex and while their love is stronger than ever, they say the physical part gets more challenging with age.

"He said to me he's going to the doctor next week, I said why don't you talk to the doctor again about the Viagra," she says.

The Caspers say the key is that their p ion is stronger than ever

According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 26 percent of 75 to 85-year-olds are sexually active. It more than doubles to 53 percent for folks 65 to 74 and 73 percent for those aged 57 to 64.

 

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