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Optimists Have Better Sex As They Get Older

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Sexual health may depend on how well you think you age. According to a new study from the University of California, San Diego, sexual satisfaction correlates with "successful aging" and feelings of positive quality of life. The report also shows that self-rated successful aging and sexual satisfaction remain stable even as physical health declines in women ages 60 to 89, Science Daily said.

Researchers examined 1,235 women enrolled at the San Diego site of the Women's Health Initiative, and found that things like desire, arousal and ability to climax were all negatively associated with age. However, satisfaction with overall sex life was not significantly different between the three age groups observed in the study—age 60 to 69; 70 to 79; and 80 to 89. Around 60 percent of women in each age group reported they were "moderately" to "very satisfied" with their sex lives. ThirdAge: Foods That Fight Depression

According to Science Daily, the research done in this study correlates with earlier published research that shows that self-rated health changes very little with age, even when objective health indicators show decline associated with aging.

"What this study tells us is that many older adults retain their ability to enjoy sex well into old age," Thompson said. "This is especially true of older adults who maintain a higher level of physical and mental health as they grow older. Furthermore, feeling satisfied with your sex life—whatever your levels of sexual activity—is closely related to your perceived quality of life."

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