The Amorist is never surprised to hear of the joys of silver fox sex because the magazine’s inbox bears weekly, if not daily, tidings from older readers describing their ever richer and deeper orgasmic life in their 60s, 70s and 80s - often with longterm partners.
But it was a revelation to read the latest report, by researchers from Coventry and Oxford, stating that the more sex we have at retirement age, the more active our brains are.
Published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences, researchers explained that the neuro-hormones such as dopamine or oxytocin which make us feel transported during sex also trigger brain activity and improve cognitive function.
The Amorist has always known that great sex makes her more cheerful and willing to get down to work, but it’s a bonus to find that practising new sexual positions could also be perfect groundwork for solving 14 down when it comes to the crossword years.
Could sex stave off dementia? The Amorist is ready and willing to put it to the test. The study, based on 73 healthy volunteers aged 50 to 83, discovered that the most sexually active members of the group scored on average four percentage points higher in various brain function tests than abstainers.
Whoever said that sex was frivolous? It’s good for our health, happiness and mental arithmetic. The Amorist can think of no better way to pass her twilight years.
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