A recent study that is a result of the collaboration between the University of Coventry and the University of Oxford found that older adults who are sexually active have better brain power and function than those who don’t.
The study was published in the Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences. Scientists found a link between regular sex and an improvement of visuospatial abilities in the brain.
The study included 73 participants aged between 50 and 83, 45 of which were women, and 28 men. They were asked to do a questionnaire on how often they had sex in the past year.
Then their ability to notice different objects in their mind’s eye and measure the distance between them was also measured. Participants also took tests that measured their memory, vocabulary skills, language fluency, and their attention.
The results? In favor of sexually active ones, of course.
Namely, those participants who had more active sex life had higher scores on the tests which focused on measuring visuospatial abilities and verbal fluency.
The results from the tests focusing on memory, attention, and language were almost the same in all participants regardless of the frequency of their ‘bedroom’ activity.
“People don’t like to think that older people have sex – but we need to challenge this conception at a societal level and look at what impact sexual activity can have on those aged 50 and over, beyond the known effects on sexual health and general wellbeing,” said Dr. Hayley Wright, the lead researcher from the University of Coventry in a press release.
The researchers also noted that they are not yet sure whether the improvement of the brain function is a result of the physical or social elements that come with the active sex life.