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Young at Heart

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 6:39pm

EL PASO - Everybody does it... including grandma and grandpa... we just don't like to talk about it. A rise in the STD rate among senior citizens emphasizes the need for sex-ed to promote healthy living during those golden years.

The CDC reports the percentage of those 55 and up living with HIV or AIDS nearly doubled from 2002 to 2008. A local retirement community has noticed this increase and adds to this tale of "Sex and the Seniors."

Lori Work... her last name says it all... because at her retirement community she really knows how to "work it."

"Oh they give me a lot of lines."

After five months of living at Emeritus at Palisades... this 81-year-old proves she's still got it, but she says she has more interest in the game than the players.

"We play bingo and we have games like that."

Work may not be looking for love... but Emeritus Executive Director Adan Dominguez says in his 25 years of serving the elderly... he's witnessed many hook-ups between those who've grown old, but who've remained young at heart... and elsewhere.

"If you have it at 17, 18, 20, you're still going to have it at 70. Your mind doesn't age."

Dominguez says as Americans live longer and engage in sexual activity... these early birds are catching STDs at an alarming rate.

"Because of the denial and because of the social stigma those communication channels for education get scrambled so they think it's not them."

Dominguez blames the invention of Viagra, no risk of pregnancy... and prostitution.

"They could easily show up here looking like a family member, like a niece, who's coming to visit her uncle and indeed it is totally a different situation."

He also attributes the loss of inhibition to Alzheimer's and Dementia.

"Inevitably you're going to have people who take an extra bonding to each other and take it that next stop, that next level and we need to say with adequate protection it's all ok."

Dominguez reports there's currently one resident at his retirement community receiving treatment for a severe case of an STD.



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