According to a recent study published in the journal Sexual Medicine, sexual activity in older adults is associated with improved wellbeing, which is assessed in terms of 'enjoyment of life'.
Researchers at the University College London (UCL) and Anglia Ruskin University evaluated survey data from 6879 adults (average age 65 years) who were a part of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.
The findings showed that any kind of sexual activity during the past 12 months was associated with higher life enjoyment scores in both older men and women compared with individuals not engaged in sexual activity. Older women experienced higher enjoyment of life with greater frequency of kissing, petting and fondling, and emotional intimacy with the partner during sex, but not with sexual intercourse. For older men, satisfaction with sex life and frequency of sexual intercourse was linked to higher enjoyment of life.
Study author, Dr. Sarah Jackson from UCL said: "If encouraging and supporting people to continue to enjoy a healthy sex life in old age could help to boost wellbeing, there may be benefits both for the individual and for the sustainability of health services."