Dating over 60 can be scary, intimidating and confusing. From where to meet people to how to flirt to when to introduce your new friend to your family the questions can pile up and make it seem like dating may not even be worthwhile. That is not the case! Over 60 dating can be fun, exciting and enriching for your spirit. Take a look at 10 tips for over 60 dating that will make your dating journey a tad less scary.
1. Be Confident.
There is nothing wrong with being over 60 and dating! Lots of people see age as an asset. It’s sexy to be confident, successful, wise and experienced. Don’t feel insecure about your age, your body or your experiences. Own them and embrace them.
2. Date Within Your Comfort Zone AT FIRST.
When you first step out to date try to date people that you feel like you will have something in common with. This means people in your age range, with similar interests and from similar backgrounds. This will make dating less scary. As time goes on, you shouldn’t limit yourself so feel free to broaden your horizons.
3. Don’t Be Afraid of Blind Dates.
Your friends, your family, your coworkers and your neighbors may be trying to set you up. Let them! What’s the worst that could happen? A bad date? Oh well. You are wise enough to know that, in the broad scheme of things, one bad date is no big deal and you might meet someone awesome!
4. Don’t Worry About Commitment.
Commitment is wonderful and, if you want that, you should have it. However, you have probably been through a lot whether it be divorce, the death of a spouse, retirement or other life changes recently. You do not need to jump into a commitment with anyone. Just date around and have fun.
5. Give Your Kids, Grand-Kids, etc. Time to Adjust.
If you were married in the past and have children and other family who aren’t used to the idea of you dating you may feel like they aren’t accepting your dating life. In all honesty, it may take them a while. If you are just now stepping out to date you need not introduce your new friends to them just yet. They will come around eventually.
6. Try Going Online.
Online dating is a great way to meet people. For seniors it is particularly great because you may not have a large dating scene in your area where you can meet other people your age. There are tons of online dating sites for senior citizens. These sites makes over 60 dating much easier and take some of the anxiety out of meeting new people.
7. Get Out of the House.
Online dating is awesome but you also have to get out of the house. If you think the only place to meet people is in a bar or a club then you are wrong. Go to church, join a charity organization, get involved with a book club, take a cooking class or check out the activities at your local senior center. The most important thing is meeting people and gaining confidence!
8. Be Cautious.
Over time you may have acquired assets like money, homes or cars. Those are yours and you shouldn’t let anybody take advantage of you. Though it sounds negative, it is important to get to know people well before you let them too deeply into your lives.
9. Be Honest.
Don’t lie about anything. Not your age, your past, your future plans, your kids, your family or any other aspect of your life. Be totally upfront and honest. You should never lie or fudge the truth just to impress anyone.
10. Have FUN!
Dating is supposed to be fun. Don’t take it too seriously. Get to know people. Make friends. Enjoy new activities. Learn about yourself, the world others. Being over 60 and dating affords you unique opportunities. Seize them!
While it may seem intimidating to put yourself out there, over 60 dating can be a great time! Just remember that you being older doesn’t make you any less deserving of happiness, romance or fun. Be confident, enjoy yourself and give yourself a chance to learn about yourself. You’re worth it.