Ok, probably not the best idea I’ve had putting this story next to my birthday announcement, but what the hey:
“Data from the University of Chicago’s National Social Life, Health and Aging Project (NSHAP), presented in the August 23, 2007, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that many men and women remain sexually active–participating in vaginal intercourse, oral sex and masturbation–well into their 70s and 80s.
The survey also found that sexual activity was closely tied to overall health, which was even more important than age….”Social relationships are known to contribute to health and well-being in older men and women,” says Richard Suzman, PhD, director of the Social and Behavioral Research Program at the National Institute on Aging, which primarily funded the study. “This pioneering research gives us valuable insight into intimate social relationships, providing data clinicians may now draw upon to open better informed conversations with patients about sexuality and health.””
The survey also defined what was “normal” sexual activity for people over 57, which is a really obnoxious way to say “these things are more common.”
Normal implies ought, rather than is.
I have issues with ‘normality’ :D
I am, of course, extrapolating wildly from the published research in the title of this post, but I’m sure there are many Skepchick readers willing to volunteer to have lots of sex in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, in order to see if it does actually lead to increased health later in life.
There is some evidence that stimulating your brain by working on puzzles and increasing your vocabulary helps keep people alert as they age.Â Therefore, in the interests of promoting your mental health, I present “Hot for Words.”