The Amazing Benefit of Having Sex As You Get Older

More bedroom action means a much stronger brain.

Have you heard the good news? Contrary to public opinion, plenty of older people are having great sex. Recently, a University of Michigan survey found that 40 percent of people aged 65 to 80 are sexually active, and 73 percent of them are satisfied with their sex lives. Now, a new study published in Archives of Sexual Behaviour suggests that that all that time in the bedroom is doing a lot more than getting your heart rate up. It also boosts your brainpower.

Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia analyzed the English Longitudinal Study of Aging, which looked at the health, diet, and sexual activity of 2,672 men and 3,344 women over the age of 50 who were asked to complete an episodic memory test in 2012 and 2014.

While memory loss was detected in all participants, researchers found that those who were sexually active were able to perform better at the memory tests, indicating that sex bolsters brain health.

This corroborates with a 2016 study which found that women who have more sex were better at remembering abstract words. This isn't entirely surprising, given that sex has been linked to the growth of nervous tissue in the hippocampus—the area of the brain that controls emotions, memory, and the nervous system.

Not to mention that, romance aside, sex is, on a basic level, exercise. And we all know exercise significantly lowers the risk of dementia, cardiovascular disease, and all-cause mortality, particularly in older age groups. One recent study even found that longer, less strenuous workouts are more effective in prolonging longevity than sweating it out for 20 minutes in an Insanity workout. Depending on how you do it, those findings may well apply to your sex life.

If you're single and loving it, fear not, there's plenty you can do to prolong your life and sharpen your mind without a partner. Check out the One Exercise Every Older Person Should Do and Boost Your Brain with This Science-Proven Trick to learn more.

And if you're single and looking, why not try out one of these awesome dating apps for people over 40? Just make sure to familiarize yourself with the 20 Online Dating Terms Older People Don't Know, because it's a jungle out there.

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Diana Bruk
Diana is a senior editor who writes about sex and relationships, modern dating trends, and health and wellness. Read more
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