Elderly married people still having sex were happier in life and marriage than their celibate compatriots.
  The key to a happy marriage and a happy life in retirement? According to a recent study, one answer is sex.
Researchers mined a national data set called the 2004 General Social Surveys. They analyzed the responses of 238 married seniors, 65 and older, about happiness and sex. They did not examine the responses of non-married seniors, a growing sexually active group.
  研究人员对《2004总体社会调查》的全国数据集进行了挖掘(注:数据挖掘,Data Mining)。他们分析了238个65岁及以上的老年人的回复,包括幸福和性生活方面。他们没有调查没有结婚的老年人的回复——一个正在扩大的性生活活跃的群体。
  Some of the married individuals reported no sex at all in the previous year. For those, only 40 percent were very happy with life in general. Almost 60 percent were very happy in their marriage. But for the seniors who had sex more than once a month, the numbers jumped. Sixty percent were very happy with life, and 80 percent were very happy in their marriage.
  The researchers say the correlation held even when accounting for other factors that might keep seniors smiling, such as good health and financial stability. The findings were presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual meeting in Boston.
  研究人员说,即便考虑到(accout for的翻译拿不准)其他因素,比如健康和财产稳定,使老年人保持开心的心态,性生活和幸福的相关性仍然存在。研究成果发表在波士顿举办的美国老年学学会年会的会议文集上。
  The researchers say the information could help showcase the need for sexual health interventions for older Americans. So they can stay active – and active – throughout the golden years.