Starting a new relationship can be tough at any age, but dating as a senior can be a stumbling block for many. Consider these 5 things as you begin to date in your golden years.
You’re Not Alone!
While culture may paint a picture that dating is just for younger people, there are many seniors who are dating, both online and offline. According to 2018 statistics from the U.S. Administration on Aging, 54% of women and 31% of men over the age of 65 are unmarried. Love and companionship largely contribute to our happiness, health, and overall well-being, so it’s no surprise that many seniors are looking for someone they can spend time with.
Talk to Your Family
It can be shocking for your family to find out that you’re dating again. While you shouldn’t let this stop you, it’s important to respect their feelings and be willing to communicate openly throughout the process with them. Ultimately, they’ll want to see you happy and living a fulfilled life.
First Dates Might be Different—
But in a Good Way
Even if you haven’t been on a first date in awhile, don’t let that scare you! If you don’t already feel like you have a strong sense of self-understanding, spend some time investing in getting to know and understand yourself.
This will allow you to fully embrace who you are with confidence and self-love, and quickly realize if there’s a connection between you and that special someone. You’ll be able to approach dating with less mixed signals, fewer games, and more honesty.
Your Priorities Might Have Changed
Before you go on any dates, take time to think about your dating goals because your priorities might have changed from when you were younger. Some are just looking for companionship or someone to spend time with, and others may not even be looking to get married.
Instead of looking for instant chemistry, consider looking for long-term happiness in a partner or companion. Remember, it’s okay if your priorities have changed—take time to look for someone who supports your priorities and has similar ones.
Be Open to Possibilities
Making the first move can be intimidating, but incredibly worth it! Be open to the possibility that great people are everywhere, and it might take stepping outside of your comfort zone to meet them. Give dating a try in person, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try online dating, but be aware of how to do so safely and effectively.
The places you already frequent and the interests you have can be a great catalyst to meet someone! Many places of worship or senior centres have groups or activities where you can meet others with similar interests and values. As you’re making these courageous choices, seek the advice of people you trust who will encourage you to live joyfully!
Starting to date again as a senior can be a fun and exciting time! At The Canopy (link to www.canopyliving.com), our care facilities are designed to provide as many great experiences as possible. Give our staff a call today at (386) 515-7215 or visit us online and check out the wide range of activities our locations have to offer.