Over the past 30 years, we have witnessed a complete revolution in the definition of an elderly person. Before, seniors were not able to do all the things they do today, their health was constantly under threat and, above all, they were retirees in the strict sense of the word, i.e. they were withdrawn from society. Today, at the age of 70, many seniors are fit and can enjoy their free time to pursue whatever they want. Having a new relationship after this age is therefore much more natural and easy than before.
At the age of 70, children have become completely independent and working life has often come to a halt. Both of these factors mark a major change in life that you have to get used to in order to make new arrangements and live well. For many people, continuing their lives with someone else is a wish or even a requirement. Advancing age brings many insights into relationships and often allows people to get to know themselves better. Time, desire and boldness to start a new life with a new love – that’s what today’s seniors can be!
This opportunity has not always presented itself during your loved one’s life. Often, during their working life, their time was more divided between work, children and daily life. However, the couple needs time for themselves. This availability, which may have been lacking for some, is now possible with advancing age. As we get older, we have more time and experience to be totally available to each other.
Changing the way we look at older people has direct benefits for their mental health: “We see people over 70 revived because they are in love, so they are less depressed, less anxious. They exist for someone as a man or woman, not just as a dependent elderly relative.
What kind of relationship do you want?
Before embarking on online dating, group activities or other ways of meeting older people, you should first give yourself a moment of reflection.
What do you want right now? Are you looking for your next husband or wife? Are you just looking for someone you can have fun with and befriend?
Whatever it is, know what you want before you start looking. Knowing the type of relationship you want will help you find the right person for you. This will help you find the person with whom you share the same goal.
When you are on the same wavelength with your partner, you can look in the same direction. This will avoid misunderstandings or very short relationships.
Where to meet new people
We deliberately speak of “encounters” in the plural because they are not only people, but also music, books, shows, food… Rebuilding one’s life, opening oneself to new emotions, is also about discovering new experiences and sensations.
For some, it will be a question of finding a new love in order to continue one’s life in joy. Unfortunately, this is not always easy. After a certain age, we are often blocked in our encounters, either by habit (we have been living alone for too long, or we were used to another person), by fear of being judged (for example the opinion of the children), or because we do not know how to bring people together.
As you get older, your friends and family move around, and health problems can make it harder to go out and meet old friends. However, it is important to remember that getting older does not mean that you have to give up meeting new people and being sociable – quite the opposite.
There are more opportunities for older people to meet new people and make new connections. The health benefits of making these strong social connections cannot be overstated. Here are the best places to meet dynamic seniors who are looking for new social contacts.
There are many ways to meet new people :
In leisure or sports clubs
Older people try to stay fit by exercising or doing yoga and it is much more fun to exercise in a group. Fitness centres offer special classes for older people. Once you’ve worked up a sweat together, it’s easier to see each other outside the gym. It’s a natural bonding experience. It is also a good opportunity to invite someone for a drink after the sessions.
Many neighbourhood associations offer a variety of activities for their residents. They can organise visits, walks, cooking classes or various activities on specific themes. Don’t hesitate to join in! Most of the participants are retired people, and what’s more, they live near you! This is an opportunity to meet people close to where you live. Ask at your local town hall. You’ll be surprised at what’s on offer!
Senior dating sites: a growing market
The facts are clear. In France, the number of singles over the age of 50 has changed significantly over the last 30 years. Among the causes that explain this phenomenon, we can cite the increase in the number of divorces and separations or the increase in life expectancy.
Unlike previous generations, these new seniors have mastered computer tools and are relatively comfortable with the Internet. Thus, new dating sites specialising in seniors have emerged, and today they are so successful that there are more and more competitors on this market. As a result, you are spoilt for choice!
People over 60 are one of the groups for whom there are dating sites exclusively for them.
In fact, online dating is perhaps the best way to find compatible partners over 60. This is because these sites greatly expand your range of choices.
They help you connect with people you would probably never meet in real life. In addition, all members sign up here to meet and chat. So you don’t risk annoying them. They are available and interested in meeting new people, which is an undeniable advantage.
However, you need to choose a good site from the start to give yourself the best chance and this will cost you a few euros. Quality has a price, as they say.
Dating sites for seniors:
DisonsDemain is a very reputable senior dating site, launched by the owners of Meetic in 2017. DisonsDemain relies on a very relevant matchmaking method. It is aimed at singles over the age of 50 who are actively looking for love. The little extra of DisonsDemain is that it offers its members the possibility of meeting during evenings or various cultural outings. This feature allows it to stand out from other senior dating sites. As for the price of DisonsDemain, it is totally affordable!
Elite Rencontre Sénior is a serious dating site of high quality. It is aimed at people over 50 years old and is specialised in high-end senior dating. Here, members are demanding and are looking for a long term relationship with a person who is educated, well educated and generally has a good professional situation.
Note that the subscription price is slightly higher than on other platforms, but this is a high-end senior dating site! Often, high standards come at a cost!
Singles50, which is also aimed at singles over the age of 50 who are looking for a serious or friendly relationship. The matchmaking technique is based on a rather effective questionnaire that brings together compatible members who are likely to like each other.
The algorithm is quite impressive according to users. The application is ergonomic, easy to use and the prices are correct. It is the senior version of the famous Be2 site. So there is no need to worry about the security or reliability of the site. The moderators of this senior dating site are on the lookout for fake profiles.
eDarling Sénior is undoubtedly a leader in the market of dating sites for people over 50. It should also be said that it is the senior version of the famous generalist site eDarling, which reaches more the 30-40 years old bracket and which is highly appreciated for its effectiveness in terms of compatibility of profiles.
Despite a slightly higher rate than its competitors, this senior dating site has seen its membership grow since its creation. Generally speaking, its community is conquered by this high-end senior dating platform, which offers its users particularly interesting and innovative features.
For others, re-discovering their lives will be synonymous with personal discovery.
In all cases, it is a matter of respecting these choices and accompanying them with kindness. Indeed, it is sometimes the families that are the main obstacle to rebuilding one’s life after the age of 70…
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