Dating In The Golden Years

There are more than 5 million Canadian seniors over the age of 65, according to the 2011 Census, and this number is expected to grow rapidly over the next 20 years as baby boomers hit retirement age and beyond.

But how many of these seniors are single?  Nearly a quarter of the over 65 population lives alone and the majority of those living in senior residences (83.9 per cent) are on their own.

Older adults are living much longer and healthier lives and so it stands to reason that single seniors may be open to a second act (or a first) in their love life.

There are many online dating sites popping up in response to the aging demographic but beware of fraud.  If an online date asks to leave the site to communicate in more private dialogue or at any point asks for money, contact the authorities immediately.

Some seniors meet in retirement communities where they share in daily activities and romance can blossom naturally.  Others may connect while volunteering or through community or religious activities.

Regardless of whether a golden romance is amicable companionship or the meeting of soul mates, regular social interaction is know to have a positive effect on overall health and well-being.  Be open to an honest, respectful relationship at an any age and the outcome may surprise you.  Look for someone with shared interests and values and don’t be surprised if that familiar thrill of a new love interest finds you again.