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Senior Dating and Relationships Among the Elderly


Senior Dating and Relationships Among the ElderlyDeath of a spouse and divorce are as much of a reality for seniors as it is for younger adults. Naturally there are some seniors who will seek companionship and new relationships and this will mean entering the dating world at a much older age. Sometimes there is resistance among the children of a senior seeking a new relationship.

However, it has become more widely accepted these days that seniors will consider starting new relationships later in life and there are even dating agencies and websites dedicated to this more mature market. Many of these service providers offer a range of options for seniors wishing to make new friends, seek a love interest or even enter into casual relationships.

Should seniors be dating?

Seniors, like any person, seek love and companionship. Naturally if they are without a partner then they will consider various routes to meet new people and sometimes this may involve dating in a bid to find a romantic interest. If a single adult wishes to be dating then it is their right to do so. Age should not be a limiting factor. It is often a reason put forth by children who are at times resistant to the idea of their single parent starting a new chapter in their life.

The idea that seniors have a shorter time left and are not physically capable of sexual contact is irrelevant. The need for intimacy and companionship is not age dependent and where there is a willing partner, a new relationship should be encouraged and accepted if it is desired. Relationships, or the lack of it, has been shown to be factors in depression in the elderly and even affects the lifespan.

Inappropriateness is never a suitable excuse if two willing adults enter into a consensual relationship that does not pose a threat to either party or their close contacts. Social norms may differ among cultures and countries but these are individual considerations that cannot be applied to a person who is not willing to follow suit. Therefor no specific reasons should be needed for considering starting a new relationship or seeking new partners through dating.

Meeting New People in the Senior Years

It may not always be about love and intimacy but seniors may wish to meet new people and start friendships rather than intimate relationships. At a time in life where the number of one’s social contacts often decrease, it is not simply a matter of being introduced by a mutual friend or hoping to meet another single hopeful in a bar or club. Seniors may take a more sombre approach. Often this is not easy and even downright awkward for a senior who may have last been in the dating scene decades before.

Fortunately there are a host of professional services that cater for seniors. Some of these providers have physical premises where one can go in to discuss their intentions and scour through other like minded hopefuls. However, in this age of technology, the Internet has become a more popular route in this regard. Dating websites have sprung up all across the Internet and have become the preferred choice for seniors across the globe.

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