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A new book of interviews shows 70-somethings are finding they have plenty of energy for romance and more, even making their grandkids blush.

Date: 2007-01-12

Sassy 70-something, Doreen Wendt-Weir, is the new pin-up girl for romance in the twilight years.

Not afraid to strut her stuff, Doreen now wants everyone else her age to do the same.

At 76, Doreen took charge of her love life and decided to write a book to help others her age put the spark back in theirs. There are 34 chapters, with 35 people all spilling their secrets.

"There are a lot of happy people who are doing it the second time around, because they have learned their lessons the first time around," Doreen said.

If you think that being 70 means knitting and crosswords, then think again. Ivy, Hans and Robyn are three other 70-somethings shattering the 70s dating scene stereotype.

They are single, on the prowl and with experience on their side, say they know exactly what they want.

And nothing is off-limits in conversation - not even Viagra.

Like any age group, those aged over 70 are all different: some want the passion, some purely want someone to go to dinner with, to talk to, they are just very lonely and they don't want to be.

Marjorie Marshall, from the Internet-based dating agency, A Perfect Intro, says gone are the days when single and widowed 70-somethings have to spend their lives in front of the television.

"I just don't believe there is any single out there, or certainly not many of them, that are meant to be alone," Marjorie said.

"They need to find their partner and they want to."

They were out there dancing, playing, taking on romance, Marjorie said. Just like they should be.

"At the end of the day, the least you can make is friends, and if you have a future perfect match, then magic," she said.

Doreen said what she discovered in her survey would be more than enough to make their grandkids blush.

The admissions were so saucy, Doreen had to promise them all anonymity.

But that has not stopped her using their stories to titillate and excite others, exposing their love lives to anyone who wants some inspiration.

Don't be fooled by the cheeky demeanour of the love-seeking 70s: they do have their serious side and Doreen says there's no secret to a relationship that survives the distance.

"If you've got a problem, I think you should talk about it and above all I think you should respect the other person for being an individual," she said.

"Of course, you must be loving. It's all about love, the last words in the book are all about love."

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