The Health Benefits of Sexual Activity Later in Life

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Is Maintaining Sexual Relationships in the Golden Years Healthy?

By Ted Holmgren, 9:00 am on January 11, 2016

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Though engaging in intimate, romantic behavior is a private and personal experience, it’s important for seniors to understand the potential benefits of maintaining sexual relationships later in life. According to various studies, there are many health benefits seniors can gain from maintaining a healthy sex life. Here are just a few that may positively impact your elderly loved one’s life.

It Boosts Heart Health

While sex may be a unique way to do cardio, being intimate involves vigorous activity, which may be especially beneficial for seniors who otherwise lead sedentary lives. This heightened form of activity can be a good workout for not only the heart but other parts of the body as well. Since heart-related conditions are one of the leading health issues for seniors, the fact that sex can help keep the heart active and healthy is welcome news. 

It Provides Pain Relief 

Most seniors receiving Scottsdale elder care are familiar with aches and pains associated with the aging process. What many may not know, however, is sex can help diminish those aches and pains. Oxytocin, released during pleasurable experiences like sex, encourages the body to produce more endorphins. These hormones not only help with pain but increase happiness as well. 

It Can Lead to Better Sleep and Less Stress

Insomnia and trouble getting sleep can be a problem for some seniors, often resulting from stress. Another benefit of the oxytocin released during sex is that it deactivates cortisol, the stress hormone, and shuts down the areas of the brain dedicated to anxiety, stress, and fear, which can translate to a more restful sleep. 

It Increases Immunity

For seniors, a small cold can turn into a serious issue or linger for weeks, which means taking precautions to avoid getting sick is a vital part of elderly health management. Researchers have identified higher levels of immunoglobulin A (IgA) in individuals who have sex at least once a week. This is important since IgA is the body’s first line of defense against infections. Those with high levels of IgA may be more likely to ward off infections at their entry point in the body and prevent sickness.

Some seniors may have health conditions preventing them from engaging in regular sexual activity, but fortunately there are many ways to boost elderly wellbeing. Turn to Home Care Assistance for additional ways to help promote your loved one’s health. Our compassionate caregivers can assist with mobility and exercise, daily nutrition, bathing safety, and much more. We also offer specialized Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care in Scottsdale. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our Care Managers today at 480.448.6215 to schedule a no-obligation consultation.