It seems s*x isn’t just beneficial for the younger ones but for the elderly ones too, if findings from this research is anything to go by.
The findings from the research which was published in the journal Age and Aging suggest that aspects of sexual behaviour and quality of life are positively associated in older adults.
According to study author Taylor-Jane Flynn, psychology PhD candidate at Glasgow Caledonian University: “Researchers are encouraged to consider aspects of sex and sexuality when exploring determinants of well-being in later life,”
To conduct the research, Flynn and co-author Alan J. Gow analysed 133 participants with an average of 74 years. They provided information about the frequency with which they participated in six sexual behaviours, and the behaviours are: touching/holding hands, embracing/hugging, kissing, mutual stroking, masturbating and intercourse.
The participants then provided information on their marital status, living arrangement and health. The frequency of sexual behaviours positively correlated with quality of life.
The researchers found that people who see sexual activity as important scored higher in their psychological quality of life.