It’s no secret that the most important part of life is friendship and relationships. They are critical for happiness, well being, and overall well-being in our lives. However, it can be challenging to find a partner later in life.
Top 4 Ways to Find Love as a Senior
Many of the problems we encounter as we pursue love are based on expectations that love should be the same as it was in the middle ages. Alternatively, discovering new and meaningful ways of intimacy and sexuality is important for older people, and knowing where to find potential mates is important and is surprisingly more available than ever for the aging population of today.
1. Online Love
It makes sense to use the internet to find love in an era where we shop, bank, and work online. Once seen as a tool for the lonely or socially awkward, online dating has now become the go-to method of finding love, even among the elderly.
Online dating’s key benefit is that it places the control in your own pocket. You are free to choose who you contact with so many single people to’ browse.’ Many apps, including Tinder, are free to use, require just a few login details, and concentrate on location and appearance.
2. Get in the Community
Community centers offer fun neighborhood gatherings and outings that allow many seniors to gather, interact, and socialize. Senior centers generally offer a calendar of events and special holiday celebrations. Senior community centers are a perfect way to get to know others with similar interests in your neighborhood.
3. Local Interaction
Neighborhood grocery stores, libraries, and hobbies venue are excellent places for those who are old school in meeting potential partners and friends as well. Although finding a potential partner on a chance outing to the store can be more difficult, it creates a romantic story for those who meet at these events
Whether these couples are aligned with the stars or chance plays a major role in their meeting – seniors need to be a little more extroverted to succeed in these environments.
4. Senior Living Communities
Believe it or not, in senior living, many find friendship and love. While living supported or alone, being close to each other and sharing events, meals and working together in these tight-knit groups leads to the satisfaction of seniors and the overall quality of life.
How to Get Past the Intimidation of Dating
While seniors want love and romance, they face obstacles that go beyond social norms.. Here are a few barriers that many seniors in their twilight years need to overcome:
- Older men often develop a sense of inferiority because they are less virile compared to their younger selves.
- Older women often come to see themselves as unattractive because of society’s worship of youth and the concept that only a young woman is beautiful.
- The older men who are eligible often seek younger wives. It is common for older men to start a new family rather than pairing up with someone his own age.
- Women live 8 years longer than men. This means that there are many lonely widowed women whose prospects of finding another partner are slim. For example, in assisted living communities there is an average of seven women for each man.
Reno Valley Assisted Living and Retirement Community
Reno Valley is an assisted living and retirement community that makes living independently, while at the same time feeling safe and secure, a reality. We strive to provide the best quality of life for all residents including those suffering from loneliness and depression.
We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact Reno Valley today to learn more about our services or tour our community.