Sexual Activity Boosts Well-Being in Older Adults, Study Shows

according to Research published online on December 13, 2018 in the journal sexual medicineFrequent sexual activity can mean a more enjoyable life for older adults. Both men and women who reported any type of sexual activity in the previous year reported greater happiness than people who did not. Feeling emotionally close to a partner during sex was also associated with a more positive view of both sexes.

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More evidence that intimacy and connection are important for emotional health

He says these results are not surprising Pelin Bator, MDD., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Women’s Health Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, who was not involved in the research. “We know that connection and intimacy are important for people at all stages of life,” says Dr. Batur. “It is important to remember that healthier people are more likely to engage in sexual activity. Therefore, it may be better health that contributes more to greater life satisfaction, as opposed to only sexual activity itself,” she says.

The search for a link between well-being and sexual problems

The study set out to investigate potential associations between sexual activity and problems and fears, and how these factors might affect the well-being of older adults. The researchers studied 3,045 men and 3,834 women living in England between the ages of 50 and 89, with an average of 64 years for men and 65 years for women. 74 percent of the men and 60 percent of the women were married or living with a partner, and 95 percent of the study participants were Caucasian.

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