Is It Too Late for Romance to Bloom?
If you're ready to meet someone and introduce romance back into your life, there's no reason not to pursue a healthy relationship with another resident or someone you meet in the Kansas City, MO, area.
Here are some fun facts to bolster your confidence. Online dating among those age 55 to 64 has increased, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey. The research reports that 12 percent of this age group admitted using online dating sites. Of course, it's just as exciting to feel sparks when you meet someone special who's just moved into The Gardens at Barry Road.
Now that you know you're not alone, check out these tips on getting yourself ready to enter a relationship or at least go on a first date.
Give Yourself a Pep Talk
If you haven't dated in a while, remember that the advantages of reaching retirement age include self-awareness and wisdom. Remind yourself of all the great reasons someone is going to be lucky to get to know you better. Feel free to talk to a trusted staff member or a friend in the assisted living community about how you feel. Sometimes, all you need is a little encouragement to get started in the right direction.
Know What You Want
Late-life romances run the gamut from simple friendship and companionship to full-blown love with the potential for marriage. If you’re looking for commitment, let your new partner know, and the same thing goes for other romantic goals you may have. Hopefully, the other person has similar goals in mind.
Consider Online Dating
As the statistics above show, more retirees are dating online than ever. You don't have anything to lose by opening an online profile with a reputable dating site, and it can be a lot of fun to go through the preferences to select your ideal partner. If you're new to online dating, read up on safety tips or talk to people in your life who have experience with this type of relationship.
Daters 50 and older are less impulsive, which is good. By now, you have enough life experience to know when a relationship is going to work out. However, it's also important to be patient with a new person who doesn't fully know you. Give a relationship time to grow and blossom.
First impressions matter, and if someone offends you on the first date, you may want to skip the second. Patience is one thing, but you need a partner who respects you and wants to have a mutually beneficial relationship.
Dating at Barry Road
A date is what you make of it. Having meals together in the commons or strolling the grounds at Barry Road — even attending worship together — are all things that you can do together. Don't let physical limitations stop you from having a rich, fulfilling relationship. All it takes is a meaningful conversation and the company of someone who cares deeply for you.
Health challenges can slow you down as you age, but romance is about the heart. Even if you can only hold hands and smile at your new companion, you're making a huge difference in their life, and vice versa. Sometimes, it takes a leap of faith to get past the barriers and see the endless possibilities romance brings at any age.
Posted on Tue, August 21, 2018
by Shawn Deane