One of the biggest barriers facing many seniors looking for love in their golden years are preconceived notions about seniors and romance. For many younger people, the idea of seniors dating is simply hard to accept. One of the biggest misconceptions shared by many about older people is that they are too old to date, or that they should have little interest in dating. However, these preconceived notions about seniors dating are starting to change. The Internet, in particular, has also made it much easier for seniors to meet that special someone. The news that even celebrities like Martha Stewart are exploring internet dating has definitely moved the senior dating scene more into the public view – and hopefully public acceptance. Love is definitely having a senior moment these days!
Everyone, regardless of age, should be able to date, find love and live a richly rewarding romantic life!
Still, one of the biggest obstacles facing many seniors who are interested in dating are their children, who may be wary of anyone else to try to take the place of a deceased or divorced mother or father or suspicious of the financial motives of a suitor. Many seniors find dating to be difficult or awkward because of the attitudes of their own children.
If you are interested in dating during your golden years, you may simply have to accept – and convey to your children – that you are free to move on and do as you like, and ultimately your children will need to accept this. If your children are suspicious about the financial motives of someone you are dating, suspecting they are trying to do is get their hands on any money that is “their money” as inheritance, you may want to assure them that their inherited assets will be secure (through a prenuptial agreement or similar).
Senior Dating in the Modern Age
Today there are now more options than ever for seniors who are interested in dating and meeting that special someone. Numerous online dating sites exclusively for seniors have become a popular option for many, and you should definitely consider at least browsing some profiles in your area to see the options available to you. However, you will also want to take precautions to protect your identity as well as you learn more about people you find online. Be smart and safe when dating online.
During your golden years, having a shared interest with someone is extremely important when it comes to the potential for romance and a more serious relationship. Senior dating is as much about companionship as it is about anything else, and finding someone with compatible interests will be a serious component of finding a fulfilling relationship.
Many seniors look upon dating as a sort of support network, and for that reason tend to form relationships with more than one person. If you have been happily married to the same person, perhaps for many years and they die, it is natural to feel that nobody can ever take the place of him or her. Because of this, dating or forming relationships with several different people is common, as each person often fulfills a specific role or function.
Sex and companionship are valuable components of anyone’s life, regardless of age. If you are a senior, you need to understand that it is your choice to date or not to date, although you may get some objections from your children for the reasons mentioned above. Ultimately, it is up to you what you do with your life, and to make sure it is rich, rewarding and fulfilling.