Have you found yourself single later in life? While some prefer to fly solo, others feel more fulfilled in a loving, committed relationship. Here, five strategies for finding love as an older adult.
1. The Internet.
Online dating is no longer taboo. In fact, a study by eHarmony found that 38 percent of Canadians use an online dating website or app to meet potential partners. And with the slew of online dating apps (from Plenty of Fish to Bumble),
come a number of apps catering to older adults. Senior Friend Finder, Senior Match and Senior People Meet can all help you find love online.
2. Organized Group Activities
Whether arranged through a community centre or a living facility such as Opal by Element Lifestyles, group activities (from painting classes to walking groups to bridge clubs) are a great way to meet people with whom you share similar interests.
3. Dating Coaches or Matchmaker Programs.
A little nervous about meeting someone online? A dating coach will sit down with you and get to know your values, lifestyle preferences and desires to help vet potential dates to bring you closer to finding your ideal match. Keep in mind that the bespoke nature of these programs makes them much more expensive than online dating programs: they can set you back thousands of dollars.
4. Retirement Communities. Love can happen at any age, which is proven by the number of romances that have blossomed in care homes, whether it’s over a game of bridge or a meal in the dinner hall. A relationship can stem from friendship so don’t be shy about striking up a conversation with someone of interest, whether that’s at Opal
by Element Lifestyles, or elsewhere.