Sex Tied to Better Brain Power in Older Age


People over age 50 who are more sexually active also have better memory and cognitive skills than people who get busy less often, a new study from England suggests.

Sex appeared to give men’s brains a bigger boost than women’s: Men who were more sexually active showed higher scores on tests of memory skills and executive function — the mental processes involved in planning, solving problems and paying attention — whereas women who were more sexually active saw only a higher score in their memory skills, according to the findings, published online Jan. 28 in the journal Age and Ageing.

The study shows that there is a significant association between sexual activity and cognitive function in adults over 50, said study author Hayley Wright, a researcher in cognitive aging at the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behavior and Achievement at Coventry University in England.



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