Sexually Maintaining intimacy in later years… Those retired and active may not yet be at the point where a woman said to her husband, ‘Would you like to come upstairs and make love?’ And, with a sigh, he replied, ‘Darling I can either do one thing or the other.’ The early years of retirement can involve some challenges in the bedroom department. Yet, with understanding and commitment, a physically and emotionally fulfilling sex life is available. There are some good reasons to get it right. Because sexual intimacy in later years has been shown to – Improve health, mentally and physically. You’ll burn fat, release endorphins to the brain, and reduce anxiety. Lengthen life. An active sex life can add years to your life expectancy. Strengthen relationships. Mutually caring intimacy reinforces commitment and closeness. Of course it’s not going to be the same as it was while in your flush of youth. But different might, in some ways, even be better. Not least due to there no longer being the risk of an unexpected pregnancy or a child bursting in for a drink of water.