Testimonials about Joan Price’s Books and Presentations

“I read your book on Sex After Grief in one sitting. Right now, I have so many family and friends who are recent widows or widowers. I know of death. I know of loss. I know of grief. There are no rules. I want to thank you for writing about sex. I especially want to thank you for writing about sex after grief.”

Reader, age 73

“The principal issues in this journey involve feelings of shame or guilt about the body’s or the mind’s desires. Some grievers think that physical intimacy with someone new is disloyal, that you need to wait until you are no longer grieving or to wait at least a year before having sex with a new partner, and then to be sure that the new partner is a potential next mate. The reality is that there is no specific moment when grieving is over; caring for oneself is not disloyal, and the physical acts and responses may well be an outlet for powerful needs.”

George Szasz, CM, MD, BC Medical Journal

Senior Sex and Grieving

“There are so many things I absolutely loved about this book. Some include:

  • ‘A Griever Shares’ sections interspersed through all the chapters where real people are quoted to illustrate different topics.
  • The inclusion of a wide range of sexualities including queer, heterosexual, and polyamorous relationships.
  • The raw, honest, and vulnerable excerpts from the author’s grief and memory journals and her own insights in her struggles and journey working through grief.
  • A myriad of resources throughout the text—I wrote down four more books about grief I want to read!

“Overall this book covers so many aspects of grief and sexuality while nurturing a shame-free philosophy. The author emphasizes that grief (and sex) is personal and unique to every individual, deserving respect and exploration.

“I am so happy this book exists in the world. I think it is a solid resource written in a way that is inviting and not overwhelming. I hope libraries add it to their collections and grievers can find and be helped by this book.”

Leandra Vane, The Unlaced Librarian

Book Review: Sex After Grief”

“jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex explores the different ways aging can affect sexuality, both with a partner as well as solo. Its steamy scenes feature explicit demonstrations of sexy seniors who aren’t afraid of having passionate sex in front of the camera…The titillating scenes, which feature real seniors, will likely prompt many couples over 60 to discover the pleasures of intimacy again, without having to confront themselves with images of younger performers with unattainable bodies.”

Sex After Grief is another jewel in Joan Price’s crown. Throughout this book Ms. Price combines her personal experience of loss, her wisdom, expertise in matters of senior sexuality, and the experiences of others who have lost a loved one. She also brings in viewpoints of noted experts. It’s the back-and-forth storytelling that draws you in and holds you. Despite the subject matter this is a book that is easy to read. When finished I think that you’ll find yourself comforted and reassured.  While most who read this may be of an older demographic, this book also touches upon those who’ve also lost their beloved at a relatively young age. There is so much to learn from this book no matter what your age, situation, sexual orientation, and gender. I was drawn to the previous works of Joan Price because of her extraordinary gift of common sense and sound judgement. Reading this book continued to reinforce these conclusions for me.

Randy Austin-Cardona, M.Ed

Recently I had a telephone consultation with Joan, and she provided information and ideas that expanded what I had already learned from her books and blogs.  I learned ways to open up the conversation on sex in my relationship. This consultation was very helpful.

Consultation client

Today I teared up in the store when I found Ageless Erotica on the shelf and opened its pages and began to read your introduction. I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the fact of this book’s existence. Thank you, thank you. I went looking for smut today as I re-engage with my own sexuality after the end (and the betrayals and the hurts) of a long-term relationship. As a result of things that happened in the relationship, plus menopause and a changed body, plus the way women become invisible at a certain age, I have a lot of very complicated feelings about aging and sex. This anthology makes me happy. It’s sweet, and it’s validating, and I will sleep with it under my pillow.

Anna

“This is a terrific road map for the newly widowed/widower. From the first page to the last, I couldn’t put this book down. It’s like there has been a fly on the wall of my life these last seven years, so much of what Joan has written is what I’ve been going through. My husband and I had been together for 33 years, before he left this plane of existence.  I know he’s on this journey with me as I have explored FWB, solo sex, my (New) First Time, The Pilot Light Lover and more. This book validates everything I’ve been going though, including my hesitancy of possibly creating a new relationship. I highly recommend reading this book, and reading it more than once. After all it’s a map to find your direction ❤️👍❤️”

Barda Allen

“In collaboration with Joan Price, and with the joyful participation of two older couples, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex is a one-of-a-kind video. The film presents an informative and erotic look at sex for those who are generally rendered sexually invisible in the United States. If we are to protect our right to sexual freedom as we age, we desperately need resources like this one.”

Elizabeth Anne Wood, PhD, Writer | Sociologist | Coach

“I’m reading your book, Sex After Grief, and it’s wonderful. Even though it’s been so long since I lost my husband, it still resonates. Congratulations. And thank you for including my thoughts and feelings.”

Lynn Brown Rosenberg, author, My Sexual Awakening at 70

“Joan Price was our keynote speaker for our 39th annual Mental Health and Aging Conference. Our focus this year was Intimacy and Sexual Expression in an E-Society. Joan was the absolute perfect fit for our conference! We had other speakers, but Joan’s presentation was genuine, grounded, factual and very educational — and a bit funny at times! Her matter-of-fact sharing helped to ease the audience’s minds on a topic seldom spoken about in public: sex! We all learned a great deal from her vast experience, and the evaluations raved about her presentation. We are so very happy to have had the privilege of getting to know her — she’s one wonderful human being!”

Deborah Roberts, Clinical Training Director, Turning Point Community Programs, Sacramento, CA

“This fit and sassy septuagenarian is a role-model extraordinaire. To the prize-winning author of Naked at Our Age and Sex After Grief, no question about senior sex is off-limits. She is known as as a fierce advocate for ageless sexuality and is about as open as it gets when it comes to talking about sex. Joan is zealous about spreading the word that adults can be passionate and desirable at any age. She is frank, funny, knowledgeable and articulate. Our members are still talking about her presentations. Very well received, indeed!”

Riverdale Senior Services, Bronx, NY

“Joan Price was a high school English teacher for 22 years. She was divorced and never had kids. It wasn’t until she was 57–decades after any Hollywood rom-com director would think it possible–that she met the 64-year-old man who would sweep her off her feet…[now] Price is the energetic face offering practical sex advice to seniors who don’t lose their libidos just because they’ve been on this earth a little bit longer than the rest of us.”

Mark Wilson

Meet the woman leading a sex revolution for seniors,” Fast Company, May 10, 2019

“Joan Price is one of the nation’s most prominent experts on sex and aging.”

Psychology Today

“Twenty-six letters in the alphabet aren’t enough to express my gratitude for what I learned from your ‘7 Myths About Sex and Aging’ talk! Thank you.”

Successful Aging Expo attendee, San Diego

“The many voices in this book are smart, well-spoken and insightful…White-knuckle grief, ‘skin hunger,’ guilt, disloyalty, loneliness and isolation, and even loving memories clog the path forward…Every loss is unique, every person is unique and, therefore, every journey is unique. Price’s chapters about myths, grief counselors, dating and “pilot light lovers” (those who ignite dormant passions) are all especially meaningful in that they explore experiences, sexual orientation and concerns.”

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Rae Padilla Francoeur

“I just finished Sex After Grief last week. I laughed and cried, and enjoyed every page! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see sexuality through a perspective I haven’t experienced ❤️”

Katarina Swaringen

“As seniors, my wife and I were struggling with how aging and our sex lives were intersecting. Joan saved our sex lives and brought fun and adventure back into our marriage.”

Sam, age 64

“Joan, my consultation with you was very helpful to me. I especially appreciated that you respected my values and my religion. I’m more conservative than most of your clients, and you understood that and didn’t try to push me beyond my boundaries. At the same time, you encouraged me to stretch beyond my comfort zone just a bit. Your recommendations on specific issues were particularly helpful. I’m grateful for your recognition of, and support for, our need for human touch at any age.”

Consultation Client

“Just watched your DVD.  It was realistic seeing real people who were making each other happy. Where was this 60 years ago when I was 20? Many early marriages blew up because no one knew what the heck they were supposed to do.”

Tom, an elder guy

“We got the Senior Sex DVD last week, and my husband and I watched it together. What a treasure – and what a turn-on! We had to shut it off 2/3 of the way through so we could have some very hot sex ourselves. I’ll just mention that while I am 71, he is a mere babe of 46.”

Slow Loris

“Culturally, we’re obsessed with adolescent sexuality, but that period is pretty brief. Sexual life after 50 is much longer and deserves much more respect and attention. Joan Price is the leading authority and a pioneer in promoting high-quality older-age sex.”

Michael Castleman, author, sex counselor, mcastleman.com

“Feisty, honest, refreshing. Regardless of medium, Joan’s expertise shines. Authentic and heartfelt, her insight and wisdom are as ageless as they are indispensable.”

Melissa White, founder LuckyBloke.com

This week the slutty scholars are joined by author, speaker, and ageless sexuality advocate Joan Price (AKA a conversation about all things sexy for seniors). Obviously, this episode is helpful for older adults, but it is invaluable and wise because we ALL get old! Also included: sex after grief and losing your beloved, what makes an ergonomic sex toy, the problems with desexualizing older folks, and how to have an orgasm without an erection!

Sluts & Scholars podcast

 

“Sex After Grief was incredibly insightful and enlightening. Your writing is comfortable for anyone right in the middle of grief. It is great to receive permission to enjoy sex and love again. Very sad in our society that those of us of a certain age still need permission. I can see myself giving your book to people in the future.  You revealed yourself and did what you encouraged your readers to do, and you came through a true inspiration to all of us. Thank you.”

Linda Williams

“Practical and poignant, Joan Price’s Sex After Grief is a rare book. Full of stories and quotes from other grievers, published authors, and Joan’s own journal, the book touches on many subtopics like ‘Myths about Sex and Grieving,’ ‘Dating Again,’ ‘Solo Sex,’ and ‘For Non-Grievers Who Want to Date Us.’ The book isn’t very long, but it is comprehensive and covers a lot of ground. Actually, it’s a masterpiece of brevity. The shared stories and quotes from other grievers show the reader that we are not alone, and that many others are experiencing what we are in the grieving process. I highly recommend this inspirational and comforting book.”

Barbara Aldridge

[the film]: “Making ‘Guide To Wicked Sex: Senior Sex’ with jessica drake, our sexy seniors, the professional crew, and Wicked Pictures, was the experience of a lifetime. I’m grateful and proud of the work we did together and the superb product that resulted.”

[Sex After Grief:] “When we’re in grief, we shut down in many ways. Coming back into our bodies is an important part of our learning to feel alive again. When I was reading other grief books in preparation for writing this one, I couldn’t believe how rarely sex was mentioned at all, and if it was, it was usually a warning. I’m very proud of this book. It’s much needed by grievers and the people who want to understand them.”

“In between scenes Ms. Price talks … about the myths, the how to’s, the whys and wherefores in regards to senior sex and how it can be better. We get to see Bonnie and Joel engaging in sexual play and how they go about pleasuring one another in very unrehearsed graphic style. It is a joy watching two seniors totally into each other and the roles that sex plays in their lives. Again we hear from Ms. Price throughout with plenty of great information, suggestions and answers to questions you may have. She touches on just about everything you could imagine when it comes to sex, our bodies as we age and so much more.You also get to [see how] the other couple Galen and Marlene…sexually interact as well. This is an excellent DVD that answers a lot of questions and puts to rest some of the negativity regarding seniors and sex…There is much to learn and enjoy in this DVD.”

Art Koch

Review – jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex – Senior Sex,” All Adult Network.com, Aug. 28, 2019

“The advice that Price gives is broadly applicable to all people: communicate your desires with your partner; let go of expectations of what you are supposed to be doing sexually and embrace what actually feels good to you; be open to your own changing body and desires (and that of your partner’s); and take the sexuality of all people, regardless of age, seriously. The film, and Price’s work more broadly, are beautiful representations of all of these lessons.”

Jessie Sage

Joan Price on normalizing senior sex and the strategies for enjoying it,”  Pittsburgh City Paper, Aug. 28, 2019

“Reading this marvelous little book is like having your hand held followed by a warm hug as you learn myriad ways to cope with the loss of your beloved. The writing is clear, accessible, compassionate, and lively. Joan Price presents much helpful information and many useful suggestions that aid us grievers in reclaiming our sexuality. Her book fills a notable void and provides much-needed advice and assistance to seniors and younger adults who lose a partner. Sex After Grief is a wonderful addition to the literature. I recommend it most highly.”

Keith Marshall

“I predict that Sex After Grief  will be one of the most important books published about death and dying. Joan’s words are delivered with kindness and her advice is true to the heart. There are two things in life that can change you: the books you read and the people you meet. Do yourself a favour, grab a copy of Sex After Grief. This book is relevant to anyone who has experienced loss of a partner, not just from death, but also after the end of a relationship.”

Susan Jarvis, The Maven, The Spicy Boudoir, Australia

“I bought Naked at Our Age, and it was an eye opener for me, 7 years divorced. It helped give me the confidence for online dating, where I met a wonderful man. I wasn’t sure Sex after Grief was going to be relevant to my situation, but how wrong I was. My boyfriend is 3 years past a sudden loss of a long-term relationship. I can see from Sex after Grief that perhaps I’ll be the one to lead the touching, and slow is good. Your book is just a treasure trove of ideas of how to proceed. Thank you so much for writing this book that I thought I didn’t need.”

“Emma” age 72

“When I first met Joan, I was instantly drawn to her personality and charisma. I knew years ago I wanted to collaborate with her on a project, and I’m so glad that things have finally come together. Co-creating jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex “Senior Sex” with her was a dream come true. From the pre-planning stages, into casting and production, all the way to the finished product, her enthusiasm, creativity and heart made this project even better than I could have ever imagined. There aren’t enough words to express my gratitude and devotion. Joan is an amazing woman, co-creator, and most importantly, a friend.”

jessica drake

I was introduced to Joan Price through reading her book, “The Ultimate Guide to Sex After 50,” and her newsletters. Believing that she is a wise and honest voice about senior sex, I set up a private consultation. We connected over Zoom, an easy to use Internet resource similar to Skype. I found Joan knowledgeable, sensitive, wise, understanding and generous with her time and insights. I feel honored that I spent time with Joan and look forward to putting her many helpful suggestions into action in order to enrich the intimate relationship between me and my husband. For anyone with questions relating to their sex lives, as well as those seeking solid and practical advice from a caring person, I would highly recommend having a consultation session (or as many as needed) with Joan Price.

Consultation client

“I always love Joan’s books because they are real, honest, inspirational, and audacious. Sex After Grief will advise and surprise you, whatever your age, gender, or orientation.”

Betty Dodson

PhD, author, artist, sexologist, orgasm educator since the early 1970s

“Deeply, honestly sourced in her own experience but aware that other people’s mileage may vary, this wise, compassionate, moving, sex-positive, and so necessary book breaks silence and lucidly tackles an all-too-common source of pain and shame. Author Joan Price has stitched ‘patches of [her] grief quilt’ together with other bereaved lovers’ insights and experiences woven throughout. It will prove a source of comfort for those who are grieving, and advice and support for those who are ready to open back up to sex, pleasure and love.”

Carol Queen PhD

Good Vibrations sexologist, co-founder of Center for Sex & Culture, San Francisco

“At 74, Joan is the nation’s leading and most outspoken expert on senior sex. A prolific public speaker and the author of three critically acclaimed books, a bevy of free webinars and a popular blog on the subject, Joan traverses the globe, spreading the good word that for people over 50, sex can be not only just as good as it was during a person’s fertile, more flexible years, but better.”

Isabelle Kohn

For the Best Sex of Your Life—Ask Old People,” Harper’s Bazaar, Oct. 17, 2018

“‘We’re often thought of in our society as having aged out of sex,’ says Price, a petite 75-year-old wearing low-heeled lace-up black shoes stamped with bright-red lipstick kisses. ‘We’re old, we’re wrinkly, who’d want us? We internalize the idea that as older people we’re not sexual anymore…What they don’t understand is that [sex] can, in many ways, be better than ever.’”

Tracy Clark-Flory

Porn That Takes Senior Sex Seriously,” Jezebel, May 7, 2019

“Jessica Drake reviewed the shot list with noted sexpert and guest host, Joan Price…Price, 75, had never been on an adult set before. The unlikely collaborators met five years ago at Los Angeles’ CatalystCon and became fast friends before embarking on their first joint endeavor. Price, a specialist in senior sexuality and authorial personality behind the Naked at Our Age blog, joined the Wicked team to give her voice to the ‘Senior Sex’ edition of the studio’s long-running educational series.”

“Sex and aging has been considered a taboo topic for far too long. Fortunately, Joan Price is shattering barriers and starting difficult conversations on the subject. It’s a heavy subject, to be sure, but it addresses a question that almost no one talks about, yet many of us will grapple with at some point: what happens to your sex life after the death of a partner? How do you move on and open yourself to new sexual connections? It’s an essential read for anyone grieving the loss of a partner and anyone trying to help a grieving friend or loved one. Price’s latest book begins a much-needed conversation and offers valuable advice and guidance in an accessible writing style that brims with passion and compassion.”

Justin Lehmiller, PhD, author of the blog Sex and Psychology and the book Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life

“With her characteristic clarity and insight, senior sexpert Joan Price zeros in on an experience that many people navigate but very few discuss: the experience of reclaiming sex after the death of a beloved. Sex After Grief is a profoundly compassionate, deeply personal, and exceptionally practical guidebook for moving forward after loss with both purpose and joy.”

Lynn Comella, PhD, author of Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure

“Thank you for being our keynote speaker for our inaugural Let’s Talk About Sex, Relationships and Intimacy as We Age conference in Melbourne, Australia in September 2015. The feedback we had about your session was excellent. Delegates were inspired by the level of experience you brought, your compassion, and the work you have done in this area. Conference delegates included health professionals, Policy makers, residential aged care providers, carers, people living with dementia and seniors in our community. You managed to speak in a way that captivated all groups and left them inspired to make a difference in their work places and community. It was such a pleasure to work with you, Joan! We were grateful for your willingness to step in for an additional session when another speaker was unwell and your willingness to do media were greatly appreciated. Thank you for your expertise, compassion and generosity.”

Maree McCabe, CEO Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, Melbourne, Australia)

“Joan gave a great guest lecture in my Psychology of Sexuality course. Over a hundred students showed up, even though it was at a difficult time and not mandatory. The lecture was fun to listen to and look at, and the students were very involved and asked good questions. After the lecture, the students wanted to get their photos taken with Joan, as if she was a rock-star!”

Maerten Prins

instructor, Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen, Netherlands.

“Bringing Joan Price to our 2016 conference for healthcare providers was a dream come true. Our conference organizer had heard Joan speak a few years prior and was so impressed. When we needed a speaker to address a group of medical professionals about senior sexuality, there was really only one person on our short list: Joan Price. From start to finish, Joan was professional, adaptable and easy to work with. The depth and breadth of her knowledge can only be topped by the sensitivity she brings to her subject. We were fortunate enough to book her for an additional event while she was in town. At the second event, she worked with seniors who were looking for solid information about remaining sexually happy into their golden years. All participants from both events were delighted with the knowledge Joan shared. I would happily host Joan again in Milwaukee (or anywhere, really). She is an asset to the sexuality education community.”

Lucky Tomaszek, Education Coordinator, Tool Shed Toys

“Working with Joan is a dream. After having worked alongside her, it’s no surprise that people feel so comfortable opening up to her about their most intimate concerns. Joan is incredibly attentive, welcoming, shrewd, hilarious, caring, and altruistic. The world is a sexually healthier place because of her.”

Francisco Ramirez, MPH

“I knew how awesome Joan was before she came to St. Louis, but her audiences were new to her mission, topic, and presentation style. It was so rewarding watching her knock their socks off! The audience was rapt, enlightened, and curious! Her positive energy and confidence made a great impression. I attended all three of her talks, and learned something new each time. She definitely changed lives for the better in my town. I am so grateful we were able to make her visit a reality!”

Kendra Holliday, Sex Positive St. Louis

“Thank you for speaking at our 2016 Sex and Aging Conference. I sincerely appreciated your flexibility in assisting us when one of our speaker/presenters had a last-minute emergency. Your kindness in pitching in with an additional presentation made light work of a very difficult situation. Further, your grace, humor and light touch with a complicated and sensitive subject made for a wonderful day of learning, fun and personal growth for everyone. What a charming approach to sex and sexuality!”

Marti Bailey, Director, Sibley Senior Assn & Community Health, Sibley Memorial Hospital Senior Services, Washington, DC 20016
  • “I can’t believe how much knowledge I drew from the few days she was training at our store. I help people that fall on a spectrum of ages, and through her books and trainings, I feel so much better equipped to help these people. Can’t talk highly enough about her.”
  • “I am such a fan of Joan and her work. Watching her teach a workshop is a delightful experience! Her passion for sex positive education is obvious, and it also doesn’t hurt that she’s a wonderfully witty speaker and smart as a whip. But what really blew me away about Joan is her professionalism and pedagogical skills. Joan strides determinedly into the difficult conversations with her audiences, bringing a natural optimism, sensitivity and open-heartedness that is truly moving. The sex positive community is so lucky to have an educator, writer and progressive thinker like Joan.”
  • “The knowledge and experience Joan brings to the table is pretty astounding; she is incredibly passionate, open, intelligent, and well spoken. Her training for our staff was perfectly customized to what we wanted and needed to know to better serve our senior clientele, with a great mix of both practical tips and education on how the body changes as we age. Joan was so approachable and friendly, which made for a really fun training experience and allowed our staff to ask any question and get thorough, honest answers.”
  • “Joan is a dynamic educator who weaves humor, theater, physicality and true knowledge into not only her workshops, but everything she does. If you are interested in ageless sexuality, Joan is your person. Read her books, check out her blog and fly her to your neck of the woods. You will not be sorry.”
Praise from the staff at The Smitten Kitten, Minneapolis, MN:

“Thank you for the incredible lecture you gave in May at the Radboud University, in the Netherlands. You opened my eyes about sex in older age. I had a very glum outlook towards sex during aging, so I’m happy to have found out that it does not have to become boring and less sensual. I took your advice and talked to my partner about what I wanted. You also helped a friend of mine in the audience to get the courage to break up after you made it clear that ‘just because a relationship has ended, does not mean it is a failed relationship.’ Not only did you open our minds concerning sex in older age, but you also made a positive impact in our lives today! I would encourage you not to limit yourself to speaking in front of older adults, because the sooner young adults learn about sex and aging, the less stigma will be around the topic, and the more open minded people will be about sex in general.”

Hannah Baumann

Student, age 23, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

“Joan Price’s presentation on ageless sexuality for the psychiatry department at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa was both eye-opening and informative. Her comfort level with the topic of sex combined with her expertise make her an excellent resource. Joan’s books should be required reading for all medical professionals working with people over the age of 50.”

Remi Newman, www.healthysexforlife.com, sex educator and instructor of Sex & Sensibility, a workshop for women at Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa