Statistics show that in America, more than 55 percent of women and 28 percent of men above age 65 are unmarried. “With so many people unattached later in life, it’s only natural that some of them would dip their toes in the dating pool,” says the senior resource “A Place for Mom” (APFM).
Other than meeting singles through family members and friends, the resource suggests five ways seniors can find friendship, intimacy or love: the internet, community centers, dating services, local neighborhood activities, and senior living communities.
Top internet dating sites for those above age 65 include AARP (American Association of Retired Person) Dating; eHarmony Senior Dating; Our Time; Senior Friend Finder; and niche sites such as Christian Café for Single Seniors, reports APFM.
Community centers offer multiple activities for various ages of people to meet and participate in activities together. More formal dating services provide matchmaking services for a fee, while local activities bring neighbors together to meet and mingle.
“Believe it or not, many find companionship in senior living communities. Whether it’s assisted or independent living, being in close proximity and sharing activities, meals, and lives together in these close-knit communities contribute to seniors’ happiness and overall quality of life,” says APFM.
“Happiness is important at any age, but companionship plays a huge role in contributing to a good quality of life and happiness as a senior citizen. If you or a loved one desires companionship after age 65, you need to be proactive to rediscover the art of flirting, being confident, and finding ways to meet people.
To find companionship, AARP adds, “Check out continuing education classes at your local college, take a part-time job, volunteer at an animal shelter, work out at a nearby gym, and be willing to take a risk. When you meet someone you like, take the initiative.”
For information about senior living communities, contact Fox Point at
(815) 322-7166, or visit http://www.seniorlifestyles.com/foxpoint.