Senior Dating: Tips and Advice

By October 31, 2014Aging in Place

There are several reasons that seniors decide to begin dating again. This can be a difficult transition for anyone regardless of their age or reason. The first tip for starting down the dating path is very important. While there are many legitimate dating websites, some which were created specifically for seniors, there are also many dangers that lie within. It’s a good idea to perform some research on the site as well as potential dates. This is not considered snooping, but should be viewed as an intelligent safety precaution.

Age old Myth
It is not at all uncommon for older individuals to pack away dating notions after the divorce from or death of a spouse. There is, of course, a certain period of mourning and this applies in either case. Psychologists say that most people go through the same phases of grief after divorce that are involved in bereavement. Once individuals feel they are able to move on, they should absolutely begin dating again. This could bring a different type of excitement as many of their responsibilities of the younger years are behind them. Another reason older people often use to avoid dating is that they are simply too old to start fresh. This is also an age old myth and it is never too late to start anew.

Above All, Value Self
It is best to find individuals that provide comfort and confidence. Never wear a mask or date someone who makes it necessary. It’s best for individuals to be confident and be themselves. One thought, especially for those who are slightly apprehensive about the whole process, is to simply look for friends. Some of the best and longest lasting relationships began as friendships. When the actual dating phase is reached there are a handful of small things that can greatly boost self-confidence. Most of these are common sense tasks, but are often overlooked due to the anxiety of the situation.

  • Consider getting a haircut or taking a trip to the salon. A new do often lends people renewed confidence.
  • Scents are important, especially when trying to attract someone. While most individuals will strive to smell good, they sometimes overdo it. Choose a scent that is subtle instead of one that is overpowering.
  • Consider getting cash from an ATM instead of using debit or credit cards. Sometimes there are tech issues and transactions are declined even when the money is actually sitting in the account.
  • There are also several subjects that are a good idea to avoid on a first date. These include family issues, past relationships, finances, and politics.
  • The last bit of advice, which may be the most vital of them all, is to have fun!

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