Study: Frequent sex keeps married seniors happiest
Results of a new report show married seniors who have frequent sex are happier with their lives and marriage, compared to married older couples who have no or little sex.
Seniors over age 65 whose sex lives aren’t as active are still happy with life, but based on finding from Adrienne Jackson, PT, PhD, MPA, an assistant professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, frequent sex was a significant predictor of both marital and general happiness.
Jackson analyzed surveys from 238 married people age 65 years or older for the study and presented her findings at The Gerontological Society of America's (GSA) 64th Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston.
They were asked the following questions:
“Taken all together, how would you say things are these days — would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?"
To assess happiness related to marriage, the following question was asked:
"Taking things all together, how would you describe your marriage? Would you say that your marriage is very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?"
Results showed 60 percent of seniors who said they engaged in sex more than once a month were very happy.
But only 40 percent who had not had sex in the past twelve months said they were very happy with life in general.
Fifty-nine percent of sexually active seniors said they were very happy with their marriage.
Jackson says the study is important because understanding the relationship between sex and happiness can help with developing sexual health interventions for a growing senior population.
It may be time to think in terms of ‘outside the box’ interventions that can help older adults become more sexually active, says Jackson.
The study found married seniors who have frequent sex were very happy with life and marriage. In contrast, older adults who don’t have sex are happy with life, but fewer reported being very happy with their marriage.
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