What's The Secret To Enjoying
A Love Life In Your Old Age?
If you are hoping to keep the flames of passion burning into your 80s then a regime of regular exercise may pay dividends.
Those who keep themselves fit and healthy are still interested in sex in their eighth decade, a study has found.
But their unfit counterparts give up on lovemaking up to 20 years earlier.
And good health means people are almost twice as likely to be interested in sex as those who are ill or in poor health.
The U.S. study, which examined the sex lives of more than 6,000 people, found that those who are healthy are also likely to have regular sex - once or more a week - and report better quality lovemaking.
Researchers Stacy Tessler Lindau and Natalia Gavrilova, from the University of Chicago, looked at data from one group of men and women aged 25 to 74 and another group aged 57 to 85.
Volunteers were interviewed and filled in questionnaires on their marital status and sex lives. They also rated their health on a scale between poor and excellent.
Overall, it seems men are more interested in sex and report a good sex life than women.
The difference between the genders was most noticeable among the 75 to 85 age group, where 39 per cent of men compared with 17 per cent of women were sexually active.
Seventy- one per cent of men who were sexually active at this age reported a good sex life compared with 51 per cent of women.
Forty-one per cent of men were interested in sex compared with 11 per cent of women.
The study, published online in the British Medical Journal, also revealed how many years of active sex people have left at different ages.
Aged 30, men can expect a sexually active life for an average of another 35 years while women can expect 31 more years of sex.
Being married or having a partner makes this gender difference less obvious, the research found.
The findings are published today on the same day researchers from Exeter and East Anglia Universities reveal that those who live near a green space are more likely to be healthier than those who don't - because they take more exercise.
So people with homes near parks could find they enjoy an active sex life, even in their twilight years.
March 11, 2010