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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Seal Press (16 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580053386
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580053389
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 349,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex is the 2012 recipient of the American Society of Journalists and Authors Service/Self Help Award. "Hang on, because Naked at Our Age breaks all the barriers and goes where ordinary books on this subject dare not. Some readers may be shocked ... and others delighted by this bold ... and uncensored approach. The message is clear: As far as sex in the senior years goes ... the best is yet to come. --Dr. Dean Edell, M.D., Emmy-award-winning host of the Dr. Dean Edell Program and author of the best-selling book Eat, Drink and Be Merry "Told through the voices of real people interspersed with great advice from smart professionals, Naked at Our Age is an important resource for anyone who wants to keep pleasure and sensuality in their lives ..." --Candida Royalle, pioneer of woman-friendly erotica and author of How to Tell a Naked Man What to Do "[W]ith irresistible enthusiasm, Joan Price tackles outdated expectations and promotes ... new ways to celebrate sexuality throughout the later years. --Peggy Brick, president of the Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University and co-author of Older, Wiser, Sexually Smarter: 30 Sex Ed Lessons for Adults Only "[T]he impact of the book is as much inspirational as it is educational." --Pepper Schwartz, PhD, author of Prime: Adventures and Advice on Sex, Love, and the Sensual Years

About the Author

Author and speaker Joan Price calls herself an "advocate for ageless sexuality." She has been called other things by the media: "senior sexpert, "the beautiful face of senior sex," and--her favorite--"wrinkly sex kitten." At age sixty-one, Price wrote Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty (Seal Press, 2006) to celebrate the delights of older-life sexuality--especially her spicy love affair with artist Robert Rice, who became her husband. Five years later, after questions and comments from hundreds of readers about their own senior sex lives, she is following up with Naked at Our Age. Formerly a high school English teacher, Price is also a fitness professional who believes that exercise should be a treat, not a treatment. She has written several books about health and fitness, including The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book: 300+ Quick and Easy Exercises You Can Do Whenever You Want. Price teaches popular contemporary line dancing classes (which she calls "the most fun you can have with both feet on the floor") in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, California.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By malcolm R Hepworth on 31 Oct 2013
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As an oldie it was most educational, I thought I knew it all, how wrong could I get. Already put some of my newly found knowledge into practice with my new partner and she has found it mind blowing too. It has made us young again Mmmmmm.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Sex in the second half of life 21 May 2011
By Zhang Yu Huan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Back in 1975, I read Studs Terkel's Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day an organized set of interviews which focused on "real people," and how their jobs affected their lives. In a similar vein, Naked at Our Age, appropriately subtitled "Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex", also spotlights real people's experiences, feelings, thoughts, and concerns about sex in the latter half of life. For me, Terkel's book highlighted the tension between the way a job could be unsatisfying yet also provide vital self-definition. Price's book elaborates on the multiple physical, social, and emotional tensions arising from expressing one's sexuality as an elder.

Some of her respondents are older people who have worked through the wounds of earlier years and are ready to "get it on." The courage expressed by the women and men who have survived betrayals and violence, and not abandoned the human connection of sexual play is inspiring. Those sections are a welcome restorative to the culture-wide notion that older folks are dead below the waist. I respect Ms. Price for not limiting her sample to conventional couples -- a few of her respondents practice BDSM, are polyamorous, or live in non-traditional arrangements.

For me though, the sections about seniors who are dealing with the downsides of aging are particularly rich. Several chapters which describe declining libido (whether resulting from emotional stresses, illness, or the side effects of medication), or declining physical capability -- ED and EDis, vaginal dryness and tearing, consequences and complications of chemotherapy and surgeries -- also provide resources to help. The chapter on partners with Alzheimer's is worth the cost of the book. Books written from a more youthful perspective would not discuss sexuality in facing long-term illness, death and grieving. I particularly liked the wide variety of ways offered to bring up and negotiate complex, risky, and often embarrassing or painful topics with a partner. Noteworthy is a chapter devoted to safer sex and STDs; the statistics for sexually active seniors are sobering, and the insistence on being responsible about fluid barriers and blood tests is sensible.

Ms. Price is very open about her own history in addressing the joys and pains of a romantic and sexual relationship which began when she was fifty-seven, her grief at death of her lover, and her life afterward. If you're under fifty, this book will both reassure you and alert you about your future. If you're over fifty, read this book to learn you are not alone in coping with the challenges of aging, and to find resources, especially medical advice and support groups. The overall message is that love, particularly sexual love, does not disappear in the face of aging, sickness, and death.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
Helpful? Wow, knowledge really does empower! 29 Jun 2011
By PFR - Published on
Format: Paperback
Things began to change a few years ago around the time I hit 60. Most of my friends talked about their aging in an accepting manner - "Oh well." We were like innocent pre-teens beginning puberty without the information and guidance we now know is so important.

"Naked at Our Age" is a game changer, full of specifics from very personal stories addressing delicate issues with honest, practical advice by professionals who know and care. Yes, it's frank, but there's no time for anything less! Informative, timely, compassionate and downright brave: it refreshes the discussion of autumn romance and, yes, winter lovemaking. You'll find beautiful accounts expressing the joys of true love found at last and others describing the startling anguish over a loved-one lost too soon. This book is nothing less than a tribute, a coming-out party celebrating love and intimacy in our 60's, 70's, 80's, and beyond. It's the real deal.

"Naked at Our Age" will soon be found on the nightstand of a generation experiencing the emotional and physical effects of aging. It will be discussed, at coffee klatches, golf courses and retirement communities across the land. It arrives just in time. The discussion is well underway, but until now lacked the focused, informative insights that Joan Price and her professionals provide.

The baton has been passed from Masters & Johnson, Gloria Steinem, Dr. Ruth and the others to author Joan Price. Her work continues the social progress begun and advanced by these pioneers. Joan Price contributes another important step in the sexual liberation of her generation, freeing us from the myths of the past and inviting us into a vibrant and informed future.

Bravo and thank you, Joan Price.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The Real Deal 7 Jun 2011
By Jeremy S - Published on
Format: Paperback
Joan Price has written a clear, and intelligent book whose intent is to help seniors have successful sex lives. She is an enthusiastic coach and provides real life scenarios, concrete practices and clear thinking in a warm and supportive style. This is the book every doctor, therapist, nurse practitioner and sex-life counselor should read! I am so grateful to have found this book. Thank you, Joan.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I was surprised how helpful this book was. Read it. Buy it. 29 Oct 2012
By Dan E. Nicholas - Published on
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Already telling friends. But, all the same, you are not going to want to read it. Not at first. Too bad. You need to. The naked part is great. The age part? Well, get over it. Look in the mirror. Look at the bathroom scale. Time to loosen those knickers some and cowboy, cowgirl up to the reality of being older. And still wanting love. Naked love.

With my heart and soul dialed in, I've read a wall of books this last decade on human sexuality and love. As a man in my mid 50s seriously in the game, I needed to do my research. Ten years later at 64 this work here by Joan Price is unique and as important as ever for those of us more wise than pretty in the years department.

Turns out, the author is an expert at senior romance. She found deep soul mate love and good sex herself, albeit tragically interrupted by death. Yet following an important grieving time she comes heart open at life once again, reaching out with not only her own wisdom and experience but the sage advice of 43 other experts with illustrative sidebars in the book. All kinds of sex mavens speak in her work, from Betty Dodson to Dossie Easton, whether it is masturbation or spank me into enlightenment spiritual kink after 70, her experts have our erotic backs and fronts covered.

The chapter here on dating online after 50 is brilliant I must say, and this from a reviewer that found success in that venue. Also, her chapter on post 50 women and the matter of vaginal pain and thinning vaginal walls left me spanking myself that I ever thought I knew much about sex and women and physiology. For basics, who knew 50 was older? And who knew women need two orgasms a week from their 50s forward not loose sexual functionality. Thank you Joan for your honesty and research and courage. And thank you for the two times a week thing. I'm going for three, however.

Yes, you start talking like this after her book. Because Price is frank and personal but at the same time respectful. And she doesn't come across as too naughty or new age. She's bright and spot on with what matters for those of us who are getting older; and she does this not coming across aloof or too clinical. In fact, I'm inviting her to do a workshop in my town, soon.

The point of the book seems clear, namely helping those of us who still want to be alive keep a flame of hope strong for success with a love that includes more than hand holding as we get older. She even does a photo shoot in sexy lingerie for her blog. How sweet is that. Got to love this woman. She writes to give us all more confidence as lovers.

I don't gush often in my 100 plus Amazon reviews. Yet this book is beyond helpful for those among us who don't have a lot of time left to make prolonged mistakes, wanting instead to get it right with love in the endgame. And yes, this book is indeed about love as much as it is about sex. And it is indeed all about sex, too. Nice. Keep writing Joan. You inspire. Oh, and buy this book for your doctor. I've ordered as second copy for mine.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Naked at Our Age - Talking Out loud About Senior sex 13 Jun 2011
By Lou Paget - Published on
Format: Paperback
In Naked at Our Age Joan Price has created a Guidebook on Senior Sex with an ideal information delivery formula. Add equal parts; the heart and soul of real people's experiences, eg) DWO-Dating While Older or Sex after Cancer, blend with sexuality experts and therapists observations and then serve a range of real world solutions and options.

A consistent theme in these real people's voices and experiences at 50-90+ is how powerful and constant the impact of, the quest for, and the experience of love and sex are across their lives. Be that good, be that bad. This plain speaking about a much needed to be talked about subject will likely have you see yourself or a loved one in these examples.

Yes we age, yes we love, yes we lose love and yet still we humans have an unshakeable need and desire to bond, touch and love. Naked at Our Age will open your eyes, ears and heart to the range of experiences your sexuality and heart are likely to encounter as you mature and how to prepare and validate your own experiences.

I think we need to create a new term, Like TLS - Total Lifetime Sex because that is what is enclosed in these pages the exploration and discussion of a subject that will touch all of our lives. The stories of love and sex lived through entire lifetimes. How it changes, how it flourishes and how we adapt to our physical, emotional and mental changes. It is an awesome Guidebook I highly recommend.

Lou Paget
AASECT Certified Sex Educator
How to Be A Great Lover
Great Lover Playbook
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