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Sex Tied to Happiness, At Least In Married Seniors

A new report finds that among married seniors, marital happiness is often associated with intimacy.

Researchers determined sexual frequency is linked to a couple’s happiness with both their lives and their marriage.

The new finding is based on a public opinion poll of non-institutionalized English and Spanish-speaking person 18 years of age or older living in the U.S.

The data analysis was conducted by Adrienne Jackson, Ph.D., M.P.A., an assistant professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

“This study will help open the lines of communication and spark interest in developing ‘outside the box’ approaches to dealing with resolvable issues that limit or prevent older adults from participating in sexual activity,” said Jackson.

“Highlighting the relationship between sex and happiness will help us in developing and organizing specific sexual health interventions for this growing segment of our population.”

From the analysis of 238 married individuals age 65 years or older, Jackson discovered that frequency of sexual activity was a significant predictor of both general and marital happiness. The connotation remained after accounting for factors such as age, gender, health status, and satisfaction with financial situation.

Sexual activity appears to make a difference as only 40 percent of individuals who reported no sexual activity in the last 12 months said they were very happy with life in general, while almost 60 percent who engaged in sexual activity more than once a month said they were very happy.

Similarly, while about 59 percent of individuals who reported no sexual activity in the last 12 months said they were very happy with their marriage, almost 80 percent who had sex more than once a month said they were very happy.

Source: The Gerontological Society of America

Sex Tied to Happiness, At Least In Married Seniors

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2015). Sex Tied to Happiness, At Least In Married Seniors. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 19, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2011/11/21/sex-tied-to-happiness-at-least-in-married-seniors/31724.html

 

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