While 76 percent said they felt sexual activity was an important part of a relationship, 40 percent said they are still sexually active.
The poll, sponsored by AARP and Michigan Medicine, surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,002 people in October.
Interest in sex did appear to decrease with age however, with those between the ages of 65 and 70 almost twice as likely as those in their late 70s to be sexually active, and with 33% of those in their late 60s saying they were extremely or very interested in sex, compared with 19% of those in their late 70s. A third of the people in their late 60s said they were extremely or very interested in sex, but that number dropped to 19 percent for those in their late 70s. Meanwhile, only 31 percent of women were sexually active, and only 12 percent were interesting in having sex.
Officials found that 18 percent of men and 3 percent of women polled used some form of medication or supplement to rev up their engines going in the bedroom.
Men said sex was an important part of their lives as seniors, more so than women.
Seventy-two percent of respondents said they now had some kind of romantic partner, married or otherwise.
According to Erica Solway, the co-associate director of the poll, the difference is partially explained by the fact that more men either stayed married or were partnered up. However, a new study out of the University of MI showed that is not the case at all, with plenty of senior citizens reporting that they still have active, fulfilling sex lives.
Solway and colleagues learned that there can be sharp differences in the respondents' sex lives depending on their health, age, and gender.
To find out how participants resolved sexual problems in order to have a healthy and satisfying sex life, the poll also asked participants if they've talked with their doctors about their sexual health. Healthier seniors were twice as likely as those seniors in poor health to be sexually active.
'It's important for older adults and clinicians to talk about how age-related changes in physical health, relationships, lifestyles and responsibilities such as care-giving, affect them'.
'This survey just confirms that the need for and interest in sexual intimacy doesn't stop at a certain age, ' says Alison Bryant, Ph.D., senior vice president of research for AARP. Those same women indicated they were more likely to be satisfied with their sex lives overall than men.