Sexy seniors: Frequent sex leads to more intelligence

Seniors who had frequent sex were found to gain intelligence as they aged.
Seniors who had frequent sex were found to gain intelligence as they aged.

A FRISKY senior is a smarter senior.

That's the conclusion of new research that shows seniors who enjoy a healthy sex life could become more intelligent than their counterparts.

According to researchers from the Coventry University and Oxford University, seniors who had sex more often scored higher on tests that measured verbal fluency and ability to visually perceive objects and spaces.

The subjects, 28 men and 45 women who ranged between the ages of 50 and 83, were asked to answer a questionnaire about their sex life, general health and lifestyle.

They then underwent a series of standardised tests which focused on attention, memory, fluency, language and visuospatial ability.

The results of the study, which was published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, show that older people who engage in weekly sexual activity outperformed the other test subjects, most notably in the verbal fluency tests, in cognitive ability.

Lead researcher Dr Hayley Wright, from Coventry University's Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, said the results showed more research was needed to explain the links between sex and the wellbeing of seniors.

"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," she said.

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