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Laura Carpenter and John DeLamater

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772522

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772522.001.0001

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Pleasure in Old Age

Pleasure in Old Age

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Sex for Life

Meika Loe

NYU Press

This chapter discusses intimacy and pleasure among nonagenarians and centenarians living in upstate New York. Opportunities for intimacy, pleasure, and stimulation do not disappear in late life—they can be found in new and familiar manifestations, be it taking care of others, oneself, or one's garden; challenging oneself creatively; connecting with others; or engaging in physical intimacy. Health, social location, and past experiences all contribute to how elders accomplish pleasure in their day-to-day lives. Socioeconomic privileges as well as social networks constitute lifelong benefits, and they also contribute to the accomplishment of pleasure for many of these elders. These life histories show that the oldest old are fluid, embodied subjects engaged in a range of sensory pleasures, some of which shift and intensify with age.

Keywords:   nonagenarians, centenarians, sensory pleasures, physical intimacy, socioeconomic privileges, social networks

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