Should Seniors Have Sex?

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Is Sex Safe for Seniors?

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Sometimes Albuquerque live-in caregivers forget that seniors still have sexual needs. No matter how old a person is intimacy is still a basic human need. While there may be some seniors who have a minimal sex drive, there are still many others who maintain a strong sexual desire. There have been discussions in the medical community as to whether or not sex is safe or beneficial for seniors. Experts have revealed several pros and cons regarding intimacy in the golden years. Even some skeptics will agree that it can be enjoyed with a little caution.


When couples are asked about how sex makes them feel, a majority of them claim that it makes them feel vibrant. Having sex gives the body a good vascular workout and even burns a few calories, which can be beneficial for seniors recovering from heart disease or receive Albuquerque post-stroke care. This closeness causes our bodies to release healthy hormones such as oxytocin, which is known to bring calmness and relaxation to the body and mind. During climax, the body also produces the same endorphins that it uses to relieve pain. Although seniors may not be as limber as they once were, there are several basic sexual positions that can be enjoyed comfortably by both partners.


While many health experts tout the many benefits of having sex at an advanced age, they also have some concerns. A person who is older often has ailments such as arthritis, heart disease, and hypertension disorders. Strenuous activities such as intercourse can exacerbate these conditions, according to doctors. Women who have brittle bones due to osteoporosis are especially at risk. It could be easy for them to break a bone during sex. There have been many cases of seniors having heart attacks and other serious problems in the middle of intimacy.

A healthy sexual relationship is quite beneficial for seniors provided they are fit enough to engage in sex. Should your loved one have a health complication that inhibits him or her from sexual activity, turn to Albuquerque Home Care Assistance. Not only do we assist seniors with daily activities in the comfort of home, but we also provide flexible live-in and hourly home care to help seniors manage illness and recover from injury. Contact us today at 505-798-0800 to speak with a friendly Care Manager and schedule a no-obligation consultation.

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