Here's the worst-case. Stop reading if you don't have the stomach for a very disturbing true story.
A man who'd qualify under AARP's definition of a senior (50+) has a wife who is dying of cancer. He cares for her, but his sexual needs aren't being met. He's something of a loner, an odd bird, and lives in a dilapidated house in a suburban neighborhood.
One day he drives into a poor urban neighborhood and kidnaps a teenager off the street. He holds her for months in a foul place - a cinderblock dungeon connected to his basement. He rapes and abuses her. After a while, he lets her go - but then he does it again with another victim. And again and again and again.
Five women, ranging in age from 14 to 52, were held as sexual slaves anywhere from months to years - while this twisted man's poor wife died upstairs and never knew a thing. When he was finally arrested, what did they find in his home? Prescription bottles of Viagra.
By the time John Jamelske was caught, he was 67 years old.
Since its introduction, Viagra and other ED drugs have had quite an impact on our society and culture. A conversation with Meika Loe, author of The Rise of Viagra: How the Little Blue Pill Changed Sex in America, outlines some of those changes.
Viagra has been a gift for the men and women who've found their lives enhanced by warm and loving sexual relationships at an age when performance can be difficult. Others have found it a challenge to negotiate sexual needs with sexual desires - or lack thereof.
And then there's that worst case scenario. It isn't discussed much. But five women's lives might not have taken such a horrific turn if one senior citizen hadn't gotten his hands on a bottle of Viagra. And what does that say in the end?