Finding the One (Again): Dating in 55+ Communities

by Mary on July 4th, 2017

When you picture a 55+ community you may think of a bunch of happy long-term couples out playing golf together in the sunshine. But that’s not always the case! Fifty-five plus communities are filled with single people as well, and offer a ton of opportunities for singles to meet each other, make friends and even fall in love.

Why love later in life?

Finding romance later in life is just as important as finding friendship. Having a companion not only makes doing certain activities more fun, but offers tremendous health benefits as well. Loneliness is definitely detrimental to your physical or mental health. Surrounding yourself with friends, families, and a partner is a great way to stay happy and healthy.

Meeting People in Your Community

Think of finding a romantic partner just as you would think about finding a friend. Sometimes, the best romantic relationships are ones that start with common interests. Get involved in your community, join a club or hobby group, take walks or meet your neighbors.

Several 55+ communities with lifestyle directors will arrange special events just for singles like happy hours, dances, or dinner-and-a-movie nights. But don’t forget to attend events that aren’t specially designed for singles, too! You never know what couple has a single friend they’re aching to introduce to someone amazing like you.

Meeting People Outside Your Community

Try online dating. It isn’t just for millennials! Well-known sites like Match.com and eHarmony.com are absolutely accessible for those 55+. AARP also has its own dating site that can not only connect you with others but provides great resources on how to get back into the dating game.

Want to expand your reach? Try these other dating sites too:

Getting Started

So you’ve found a good match and it’s time to go out on a date. Though it can be hard to remember if you’ve been single for a while, remember to take it slow! Calm your nerves and remember this doesn’t have to be the one! Try to keep the first date casual and take the time to get to know each other. Trust your gut too – if something feels off, move on. If something feels right, lean in.

Finally, have fun! Love and companionship are fabulous ways to have a fulfilling and enriching life at any age.

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