Frequent Sex Boosts Brain Power in Older Adults

(SCIENCE DAILY) More frequent sexual activity has been linked to improved brain function in older adults, according to a study by the universities of Coventry and Oxford.

Studies report that older adults who are sexually active score higher on cognitive tests than those who are not. IMAGE: Liz West, CC

The study involved 73 people aged between 50 and 83.

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Participants filled in a questionnaire on how often they had engaged in sexual activity over the past 12 months, as well as questions about their general health and lifestyle.

The 28 men and 45 women also took part in a standardized test used to measure patterns of brain function in older adults, focusing on attention, memory, fluency, language and visuospatial ability.

This included verbal fluency tests which reflect higher cognitive abilities.

They also took part in tests to determine their visual-spatial ability which included copying a complex design and drawing a clock face from memory.

It was these two sets of tests where participants who engaged in weekly sexual activity scored the most highly, with the verbal fluency tests showing the strongest effect.

This study expanded on previous research from 2016, which found that older adults who were sexually active scored higher on cognitive tests than those who were not sexually active.

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