Does having sex when you are older help you stay mentally sharp?

Sex doesn’t stop when you hit 50, and it has been shown to have many health benefits for older people. But could it also stave off cognitive decline?

The over-50-year-olds who make up the Saga Populus panel are surveyed about everything from holidaying with grandchildren to their views on a tax on chewing-gum. In 2014, they were asked something more interesting: how often they had sex. Out of the sample of more than 9,000, 60% were sexually active, with just over 20% having sex once a week, and 26% having sex between once a fortnight and once a month.

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Alex Vidal