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Why is sex good for the elderly?

Many active older couples report greater satisfaction with their sex life because they have fewer distractions, more time and privacy, and no worries about pregnancy. On the other hand, some older adults feel stressed by health problems, financial concerns, and other lifestyle changes.

There are many reasons why sex is good for the elderly. Some of the main benefits include improved intimacy with a partner, enhanced quality of life, and decreased symptoms of stress and anxiety.

What follows are some suggestions that may help you capture the advantages of senior sexuality.

  • First, do not focus on sexuality alone. Focus on the whole person. View your loved one as an individual with many different dimensions, personalities, and sexual preferences. Some enjoy affectionate cuddling more than sex while others need to keep their sex life active in order to maintain their sense of self and well-being.
  • Second, don’t forget that intimacy is key. Be sure to provide plenty of opportunities for your loved one to be close to you. This can help reduce any feelings of isolation or loneliness that may accompany aging.
  • And finally, be open and accepting of your loved one’s needs, wants and preferences. Try not to judge his or her choices; this can make him or her feel bad about their sexual life.

Questions to ask yourself:

1) Have I prepared the environment for sex?

2) Is my loved one lonely?

3) Am I prepared to help with intimacy?

4) Am I open-minded about my loved one’s sexual needs?

Sex is good for the elderly because it can help improve their mood, increase their energy and decrease feelings of loneliness or isolation. It also helps promote an overall sense of well-being and can be a fun way to connect with your loved one. So, be open to senior sexuality and enjoy the many benefits of senior sex.

There are many reasons why sex is good for the elderly. For one, it can help improve their mood. Sex releases endorphins, which are hormones that make people feel happy. It can also help improve their sleep quality and reduce stress levels.

It burns calories and tones the muscles. For elderly couples, sex is a way to stay connected and intimate with each other.

Frequency of sex by age

People aged from 18 to 39 tend to have the most sex, with General Social Survey data showing that 18 to 29-year-olds have sex just over 78 times per year on average. 30 to 39-year-olds are fairly similar, racking up just under 78 sex acts per year on average.

Sex may become more exciting as you get older because the less often you have it, the more it builds up inside you. And you might find different ways of doing things – experimenting together.

Some older people may be worried about their abilities or about hurting their partner. They can be reassured that sex is good for them and their health. It’s a chance to have fun, laugh, be close with another person and feel young at heart.

Intimacy among the elderly is an important part of maintaining mental and physical health, but it can also be a risky business. Seniors need to take precautions to ensure their safety during intimate activities.

One of the biggest dangers for seniors is falls. Falls can occur during any activity but are especially common during sexual activity. To reduce the risk of falling, seniors should have a stable bed and avoid pieces of furniture with sharp edges. If the floor is carpeted, removing rugs or carpets can reduce slipping. The senior should also remove excess pillows from the bed as well as shoes. Promoting good health among seniors will ensure that there are no complications during intimacy. For example, taking medications as directed by a doctor and staying on a healthy diet can help ensure the sexual experience is positive for both partners.

Another safety concern is taking medications that reduce blood flow to the extremities. For example, a senior who takes a medication for diabetes or high blood pressure should check with a doctor first before engaging in intimacy as those medications could cause them harm. Seniors should also be aware that those with heart conditions, such as those who have suffered a stroke or heart attack could be at higher risk for sudden death.

In addition to physical safety, seniors need to take steps to ensure their emotional and mental health is safe as well. This includes assessing whether there are unresolved conflicts between partners as these can lead to difficulties during intimacy. If either partner is feeling uncomfortable or anxious about the experience, it might be better to postpone intimacy until both parties feel more comfortable.

Intimacy among seniors can be a rewarding experience when both partners take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety. By following these guidelines, seniors can enjoy a healthy and safe sexual experience.

Seniors Still Have Active Sex Lives

The National Poll on Healthy Aging, conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation on a nationally representative sample of 1,002 people, found that 40 percent of older people are sexually active, with 54 percent of older people who have a romantic partner (nearly 75 percent) being sexually active. Of those who are sexually active, 73 percent of people ages 65 to 80 are satisfied with their current sex lives, though almost two-thirds of seniors are interested in sex, regardless of whether they have an active sex life or not. In addition, more than half of people ages 65 to 80 believe sex is important to their quality of life.

Three factors affect older people’s sexual interest and activity: their age, their health and their gender.

  • Age. People in their late 60s (between the ages of 65 and 70) are more likely to be interested in sex and/or are sexually active than people in their late 70s. The poll found that one-third of those in their late 60s were extremely or very interested in sex vs. only 19 percent of those in their late 70s. The former are also almost twice as likely to be sexually active than the latter.
  • Health. Older people with excellent, very good, or good health (45 percent) were more likely to engage in sex than those with fair or poor health (only 22 percent). Of the latter, only 28 percent are extremely satisfied or very satisfied with their current sex lives.
  • Gender. Men are more interested in sex than women, with 50 percent of men ages 65 to 80 being extremely or very interested in sex than women in the same age range (only 12 percent). Men (51 percent) were also more sexually active than women (31 percent), though women were more likely to be extremely or very satisfied with their current sex lives.

The poll shows that our interest and need for sexual intimacy doesn’t stop when we get old.