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October 21, 2015


Karen in Ohio

You had me at the medal part, Elaine. LOL

But geez, 26% with HIV? That is truly terrifying enough to stay celibate.

Elaine Viets

It's really scary, Karen. And how does Grandpa or Grandma explain that problem?

Mary Holshouser


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Marcia Talley

ROTFL, Elaine! But, sadly, necessary. When I was researching "Tomorrow's Vengeance" which is set in an upscale 55+ retirement community, I learned that sexually transmitted diseases are a serious problem. There is also the issue of what to do about folks who are suffering from dementia. Even though they seem to be having a good time, can they actually "consent" to consensual sex? Sometimes the caregivers and the families try to keep such lovers apart ... with heart-breaking consequences.

Elaine Viets

You'd think there would be a "safe" age to have sex -- but no luck, even for seniors.

Karen in Ohio

This is so depressing.

Elaine Viets

time to get the word out. Seriously.

Jan K

I laughed, but also realized the importance of such programs. I've heard the statistics,too!

Elaine Viets

Way too true, Jan.

Storyteller Mary

Wise and brave of the organizers, making the information available to those who might otherwise be too embarrassed to ask.
I hadn't thought of the consent problem with dementia . . . that would present many difficulties.
Glad Don came home without medals from this one. ;-)

Elaine Viets

I agree, Mary. The organizers were brave to hold this event and help single seniors learn more about a subject that is embarrassing but deadly.


This is the same editor who told Don H. to "write heart-warming stories," if memory serves.

He got extra heart-sweat for his money on this one.


Go, Don! So important to have this kind of education at every age.

Elaine Viets

This story was a little too warm for the editor, Tom

Elaine Viets

And we thought we knew everything when we left high school, Dana.

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Editors. Got to love them! SO fascinating Elaine! I don't know whether to laugh or cringe or applaud.

Elaine Viets

All three are appropriate in this case, Hank.

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