July 21, 2015
A recently published article in the Annals of Family Medicine, yielded data that busted inaccurate stereotypes and myths about sexuality and aging in women. Nearly six out of ten women over the age of 60 reported being sexually active.
The study interviewed more than 2,100 U.S. women ranging in age from 28 to 84, most of whom were in their 50s and 60s. They found that women in their 60s and 70s had sexual satisfaction levels similar to women in their 30s and 40s.
Of the women aged 60 and older who had a committed partner, 59 percent were sexually active. Those romantically partnered were eight times more likely to be sexually active than those without a partner. Interestingly, 13 percent of sexually active women did not have a steady romantic partner.
The results also suggested that of women who were sexually active, age wasn’t related to higher sexual satisfaction. Instead, sexual satisfaction was linked to higher relationship satisfaction, better communication and prioritizing the importance of sex.
July 6, 2015
Some recent research (summarized nicely in the WSJ) has shown a nice correlation between socializing and life longevity (and quality). It’s no surprise though, as we are social animals. Surely some people are more extroverted than others and some people really need their alone time, but there are a handful of hypothesizes about why social contact with other people can extend a person’s life. It may be as simple as having someone to call a doctor for you or as complex as physiological changes that occur when we interact with other people (e.g., increased oxytocin).
Regardless, it makes sense to make sure you are connected with other people, interacting with them in a meaningful way and deriving pleasurable benefit from these interactions. So throw a party, call up an old friend or grab lunch with a colleague. It’s often difficult to start friendships. Luckily we now have resources that make this much easier such as sites like MeetUp.com. I frequently recommend that people – – particularly those who are more isolated, new to town or just shy – – browse MeetUp.com to find like-minded people to socialize with. It still requires effort and time, but it’s a nice, non-threatening way to reach out and connect with other people.