Depending on your situation, dating after 60 can be intimidating, especially with the landscape of dating changing in recent years. With online dating sites and apps growing in popularity, some may not know how to approach the idea of dating again.
One thing to remember as you consider the idea of dating after 60, is the benefits that come along with companionship. Whether a romantic relationship forms or not, engaging and building relationships can improve our self-esteem, provide feelings of happiness, and even promote longevity.
Though you may think the dating scene slows down for those over 60, that is not true! As the saying goes, “there are plenty of fish in the sea,” and that sentiment includes those dating after 60. While the dating scene may have changed, there are still plenty of ways to organically meet and get to know someone.
HarborChase Senior Living understands that this is easier said than done! We believe in the value of relationship building and the impact of connecting with others - whether platonically or romantically. That is why we want to share some tips and advice to help you navigate dating after 60!
Online Dating After 60
Though you likely have familiarities with online resources, like shopping, social media, or video streaming, online dating may be new to you. Online dating can help you find and connect with local people with similar interests and goals in mind. While there is a stigma surrounding online dating, roughly 40% of Americans use an online dating site or app.
And online dating services are not only for younger generations! Reports show an increase in user activity for older adults and indicate the gap may be closing.
These reports also show confidence from the users of the services. During a national survey by Pew Research Center:
- 80% of those utilizing an online dating platform stated that it is a great way to meet people
- 62% agreed that online dating provides a better match
- 61% agree that online dating is easier and more effective than other ways of meeting people
One of the benefits of online dating is that you have options for selecting a platform that focuses on what matters to you. Whether you’re looking for someone in your local community, someone who has the same beliefs, or someone that is in a similar situation, there are a variety of websites and apps that allow you to connect with the people you are looking for.
While online dating after 60 may seem even more intimidating than meeting face-to-face, it can be a great arena to start conversations and get back into the groove of dating.
How Do I Meet People Organically?
While online dating is growing at a rapid pace, some may want to seek a more organic or traditional way of meeting and dating.
The biggest challenge for some while dating after 60 is finding a place to connect and socialize. Similar to online dating, the first thing you should consider is what you are looking for in a partner. If you want to meet someone who has similar interests or hobbies, you could sign up for a class or event focused on a hobby to connect with others who are also interested.
A local senior or community center may also host events and activities that can help you find your next connection. If you have been considering moving to a retirement community, it can also prove to be a great source. These communities connect older adults with similar backgrounds and interests.
HarborChase Senior Living, with retirement communities throughout the United States, hosts frequent events that promote social engagement and connectivity among our residents. While we can’t guarantee you will find love at one of our communities, we can say that our communities are a fantastic place to connect, socialize, and build new relationships!
HarborChase Senior Living communities offer community celebrations, upscale or intimate dining settings, stimulating events, and can serve as a means of getting to know someone (which can take away some of the intimidation of dating after 60!).