A study in Britain has found that lack of sex is a greater cause of distress to older people than being housebound, living in poor conditions or even being widowed.
The research commissioned by Homewise, a housing finance specialist , found that as people live longer, they want to be more active in later years which includes continuing with their sex lives.
The research group Consumer Intelligence asked those who said they were unhappy to choose reasons from a list of common complaints.
Overall financial problems was the most common cause of unhappiness, with 36% saying they either did not have “enough money” or did not feel “well off”.
Loneliness was also a major factor, with a third saying they did not have close family that they see often while a similar proportion cited not having holidays as a cause of distress.
But more than a quarter (26%) cited not having an active sex life as a major cause of unhappiness, putting it almost on a par with ill health (28%) as a problem for older people.
Source: Telegraph\Times Live