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Dating after 65

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Relationships are an important part of life, dating later in life can seem challenging.

There were more than 40 million Americans over 65 in 2011, according to the U.S. Administration on Aging, and that number is expected to grow to more than 71 million by 2030.

A large number of these Americans are single, with 55 percent of women and 28 percent men over 65 stating they were unmarried. With so many single people later in life, it’s not as hard as you may think to find love after 65.

There are several popular online dating sites or apps for those over 65, like AARP Dating, eHarmony Senior Dating and Our Time. Some offer a free trial or different membership packages to customize the site in a way that best suits you.

Senior living communities offer a similar environment with events and activities to meet others and spark new friendships. Assisted living and independent living communities – like Hearthstone Communities in Woodstock – contribute to seniors’ happiness and overall quality of life, according to A Place for Mom.

Senior community centers offer neighborhood activities and events and typically host special celebrations during the holidays. Libraries and other venues for hobbies offer great settings to meet someone new.

Taking a new relationship slow can help ease concerns from adult children who may be worried about their parent’s emotional and financial stability.

Happiness is important at any age, but companionship plays a huge role in contributing to good quality of life and happiness. If you or a loved one desires companionship after age 65, A Place for Mom recommends being proactive to rediscover the art of dating, being confident and finding a way to meet people.

Don’t be afraid to meet introduce yourself to someone new. Get out and interact in and around your community – you never know what that initial introduction may spark!

Hearthstone Communities : 920 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098 : 815.338.2110 : www.hearthstonewoodstock.org

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