At last a study has found that an active sex life and sexual satisfaction in older women contributes to an improved quality of life and the individual ages well. The study was carried out by researchers from the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and is published in the August issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Wesley K. Thomson is an assistant professor and co author of the report and he states that, "Contrary to our earlier hypothesis, sexual satisfaction was not significantly associated with age”. He also pointed out that the report had found a link that successful aging and quality of life were both more likely if the woman had sexual satisfaction. The amount of sex and ability to participate varied amongst the group depending on age and physical condition. Being sexually satisfied may strengthen psychological factors when dealing with growing old and the outcome is successful aging.
The data was gathered from 1,200 women from the San Diego area, whose ages were between 60 and 89 years. Of those who were aged 60 to 69, the majority - 67%, said that they were satisfied with their sex life. For those aged 70 to 79 that figure dropped to 60% but for those who were 80 to 89 the figure climbed to 61%.
The study highlights the importance of feeling satisfied sexually, the amount of sex is not the important issue, it’s the woman’s perception of feeling satisfied that is important. This feeling of satisfaction produces positive effects which enhance the feeling of quality of life. Thomson sums up by saying, "What this study tells us is that many older adults retain their ability to enjoy sex well into old age. This is especially true of older adults who maintain a higher level of physical and mental health as they grow older. Furthermore, feeling satisfied with your sex life, whatever your levels of sexual activity, is closely related to your perceived quality of life."