"Sex remains an essential aspect of human existence throughout life even as medical science extends human longevity," said Calvin Fones, of the department of psychological medicine at the National University Hospital.
"In reality, most older people can and do enjoy continued sexual interest, function and satisfaction." Fones
said research has shown an association between the "preservation of sexual activity and longevity."
Intimacy with one's partner, trust and social bonding could also serve as "protective factors against morbidity and mortality" as disease and aging take their course, he
"For the older couple, the communication, pleasure, shared intimacy and satisfaction generated, establishes in both partners a sense of joyous participation in the totality of human experience and adult functionality."
This "is no less than the celebration of life in its fullest sense," Fones
told the conference.