Dating After 50     
by Ron Zvagelsky

Today, there are over 30 million singles over the age of fifty. Rising divorce rates and longer lifespans have caused a tremendous increase in the number of older singles. Almost forty percent of Americans over the age of fifty are single. Over half of these singles are re-entering the dating scene.

As a person gets older, they become much more realistic in their expectations. Single adults over the age of fifty tend to be more flexible and unbiased in their searching. This age group is also the least likely to enter a relationship expecting something long-term.

Men and women over fifty are usually more emotionally stable than those who are younger. This makes the dating game a lot more fun. Break ups and heartbreaks are more easily put into perspective rather than allowed to hinder the enjoyment of living life.

Joining back in the dating game after so many years can be quite intimidating. However, the fun and companionship is well worth the frightening leap. With so many advances and changes in the dating world, it is easier than ever to jump back in.

Many singles over fifty are attracted to the ease of meeting other singles online. The internet gives singles a non-threatening, relaxed way of meeting people from the comfort of their homes. It is an easy way to get to know one another before agonizing over a first date that may be a waste of time rather than an enjoyable evening. There are numerous websites available to place free dating classifieds and many of these are specifically for seniors.

Another popular way of meeting other older singles are specific interest groups. Book clubs, religious activities, and dinner clubs are a few of many social gatherings that can lead to great opportunities. Interest groups are a terrific way to make friends that share similar hobbies and views.

One of the biggest fears for singles over fifty is the thought of having to show their body to their partner. Everyone gains weight, wrinkles, stretch marks, and sags as they get older. It is important to be confident with yourself and remember that your partner has aged as well and is not expecting a teenage body.

The most important rule to remember when returning to the dating field is to have fun. Allow at least two years before starting to date again to prevent falling back into a serious relationship for comfort and habit. Then take your time, enjoy the companionship, and stay optimistic. Perfect relationships are not developed overnight.

About the Author
Ron Zvagelsky has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2006. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of PlanJam - where you can find first date ideas.
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