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Sex Can Boost Senior Brain Health

By Jonathan Wells, 9:00 am on

Being sexually active has beneficial effects on the elderly. Researchers have discovered that sexual activity among those 50 and older can improve certain areas of brain activity in both men and women. Read on to learn more, presented by Douglas County Home Care Assistance.

Increase in Brain Chemicals

Studies have shown that sexual activity in seniors leads to an increase in the production and release of brain chemicals. These hormones, known as oxytocin and dopamine, are linked to emotions that are part of love, including physical attraction and romantic feelings. Researchers also believe that dopamine and oxytocin might also improve brain performance by strengthening connections between different parts of the brain.

Cognitive Benefits for Men

Studies found that sexually active men who are 50 or older tend to experience certain cognitive effects compared to those who are not sexually active. Male seniors who engage in sexual activity have improved memory. Studies have also shown that they score higher on number sequencing tests. Researchers believe that memory improvements might be due to increased cell growth in areas of the brain that are responsible for these skills.

Cognitive Benefits for Women

In studies that included sexually active women who are 50 or older, results showed improvements in memory. These same studies did not show improvements in number sequencing scores. This has led researchers to believe that there are differences in the structure of the brain or its development that affect the way sexual activity changes the brains of men and women.

Lower Risk of Depression

Researchers found that being sexually active also leads to a lower risk of depression in seniors. Those who are sexually active tend to have fewer feelings of loneliness, more social interactions in general, and a higher rate of physical activity. These effects typically boost the quality of life overall in seniors, making them less likely to develop symptoms of depression.

To learn more about promoting elderly health, don’t hesitate to reach out to Home Care Assistance by calling 720-287-1685. Our live-in, hourly, and respite care in Douglas County provided support and resources for seniors and their families. Call today and speak with a friendly Care Manager who can answer questions, discuss care plans, and schedule a free in-home consultation.