HERE’S WHAT THE STUDY CONCLUDED
The study found that those adults who answered that they engaged in sexual activity on a weekly basis scored higher on both verbal fluency and visuospatial ability. The test for verbal fluency involved naming as many animals as possible in 60 seconds, while the visuospatial ability test involved drawing a clock face from memory. The results suggest that frequency of sex doesn’t really do much for one’s attention, language or memory recall, as there was no link between the test scores and the frequency of sex in any patient.
While the sample size may seem small to those of you with science minds, this study was building on previous research from 2016, the results of which found that older adults scored higher on different cognitive tests when they were sexually active, versus those who weren’t sexually active at all. This new study adds another dimension, in that it addresses how often the group engaged in sexual activity, on average (weekly, monthly, not at all). This new study is building on what studies have already shown: sex improves brain function and makes people smarter.
The important thing is to keep studying this correlation. The underlying reason as to why this correlation exists at all is still unknown. There are speculations that it’s a biological element, though there’s no real answer yet to whether it’s a social or physical cause that makes those who have sex more frequently perform better on cognitive tests.
There’s still debate on if there is, indeed, a ‘cause and effect’ at play here when it comes to older people’s sexual activities and their cognitive functioning. But the two studies have made it clear: older people who have sex more frequently perform better on cognitive tests. At the very least, it’s shown that the more frequent the sex, the better verbal fluency and visuospatial ability they have!
There’s a lot of stigma when it comes to older people and sex. Many people don’t want to think about people above a certain age still having healthy and regular sex lives. This study not only proves that it’s possible; it also proves that it’s preferable!