Successful ageing and positive quality of life indicators correlate with sexual satisfaction in older women, according to a study by researchers at the Stein Institute for Research on Ageing at the University of California, US. The report, published online in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, also shows that self-rated successful ageing, quality of life and sexual satisfaction appear to be stable even in the face of declines in physical health of women between the ages of 60 and 89.
As the researchers expected, sexual activity and functioning (such things as desire, arousal and ability to climax) were negatively associated with age, as were physical and mental health. However, in contrast to sexual activity and functioning, satisfaction with overall sex life was not significantly different between the three age cohorts studied: age 60 to 69; 70 to 79; and 80 to 89. Approximately 67%, 60%, and 61% of women in these three age groups, respectively, reported that they were "moderately" to "very satisfied" with their sex lives.