If you’re 50+ or a senior looking for love, you aren’t alone — not in real life and not online, as evidenced by the proliferation of senior dating sites. But where do you start online? And why should you seek out a date on the Internet? I’ll get to the where below. But first, the why …
When my grandfather passed away at the ripe old age of 66, my 64-year-old grandmother lived alone for the remainder of her life — 20 more years. A widower once approached her at the cemetery (there were no online dating sites back then), and she turned him down cold. “What would I want with that old fool?” she huffed.
Times have changed. As they say, 60 is the new 40 (or something like that). If you’re over 50 and still — or suddenly — single, don’t despair. Life and love may not have passed you by. With life expectancy today longer than ever, at 50 or 60 — even 70 or 80 — many single seniors have a lot of life left to live. And not surprisingly, they often long for someone to share it with.
But how in the world do you get back into the dating scene? Where do you even start? Church groups and mixers for the widowed and divorced notwithstanding, many seniors find it hard to meet someone. How many people really meet by literally bumping into a future mate at the grocery store? My guess: not many. But with 75.4 million baby boomers (between 52 and 70) living in the U.S. as of 2015, there‘s certainly a big pool of people out there!