Today – Dating in later years
Romance at every age and stage
I am a big believer that love and romance have no regard for age. I know of a lady who has just got married aged 82 and her beau is 85. They were as excited as young kids at tying the note and they have been happily dating for the last 10 years.
Reasons for dating post 50
There are all sorts of reasons why you might explore dating over 50. You may have been single for a long time and think to yourself it is time now to go for it. Perhaps you have been waiting for your kids to grow up and fly the nest?
Maybe you are suddenly single due to divorce or due to being widowed. Divorce is most common in the 45-49 age bracket for men and 40-45 age bracket for women her e in the UK so it makes total sense that a lot of people using dating sites are over 50.
People live longer these days and the ageing population is healthier wealthier and more special than ever. By 2030, one in five people in the UK (21.8%) will be over 65. So of course more older people will be dating.
It is also interesting to note around 24.1% of over 65’s are widowed hence the mature dating scene is thriving.
Types of dating
Just as huge amounts of people dating do, over ’50s will often turn to dating sites to find the kind of dating experience they want…some of these are quite niche. The benefits of niche websites are that you can search for exactly what it is you are interested din.
My Cougar Dates is a site for older women and younger men who enjoy dating each other. Research has shown that women’s desire for intimacy peaks at around 45 as they get a ‘second wind’. Conversely, many men see testosterone decrease over 50. Whilst this absolutely isn’t the case for everyone it does explain the attraction between older women and younger men and this dating site is all about catering for that. Cougar dating is increasingly common and increasingly acceptable. As the site owner states:
This particular niche has also become less of a taboo as society has gradually come to accept that women of a certain age should not be critiqued for wanting to live a little enjoyment in life.
What other kinds of dating niches are there for men and women in their later years? I think we like to have a cosy image in our minds don’t we of older people finding their soul mates and settling down to a happy retirement together. But you know a lot of older people want something different to that – they want passion, fun, sex and not necessarily a commitment. Does that shock you? Well, it shouldn’t. Younger people sometimes just want a one night stand and age doesn’t determine what we want sexually does it. It is all about mindset.
One night stands are a niche dating experience and won’t be for everyone but it can be just the ticket if that is what you are looking for. Nobody is misled and it all clear.
Dating in later years – what’s it all about?
So dating over 50 – it can be anything you want really can’t it! Dating in later years can be absolutely fabulous – why don’t you give it a try
Dating in later years in a collaborative post – you might also like my post on matchmaking