The possibility of finding love doesn’t stop as you grow older, some even argue it gets easier! Trust Hal Spielmen, he literally wrote the book on it. In Suddenly Solo Hal writes about what it was like to lose his wife of 32 years at the mature age of 80. By sharing his story with seniors across the nation, Hal hoped he would be able to reach out and help the older widowed and divorced population navigate the waters of dating later in life.
Hal’s extensive research showed that 67% of single seniors are seeking some sort of companionship. Most of the time, senior adults are simply craving genuine friendship and partners in which they can try new things and activities with. Additionally, his research showed that seniors who enjoy the company of the opposite sex benefit from increased social ties, mental stimulation and are provided with a happiness and companionship that is vital for overall wellbeing.
“There are no hard and fast rules for what you are going through,” Hal writes. “If you feel that you are not capable of letting another (person) into your life right now, so be it. But whatever you do, don’t shut yourself off to that possibility.” And at Lincoln Home Care Assistance, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves! It is extremely important for seniors to maintain a positive outlook and to be open to new experiences, including creating new relationships.
Don’t know where to start? Some great places to meet senior singles are at Lincoln elder care centers, group dance lessons, the local church, and through online websites. The AARP even has an online matchmaking website for those over 50, as well as a “dating” tab on their website that offers helpful tips and advice.
Whether spending an evening out dining and dancing, or staying in to play a game of scrabble, engaging in a fun activity with the opposite sex may be just what the doctor ordered. What’s most important is doing what you feel comfortable with! For more tips for senior health and staying social, contact the Lincoln senior care specialists at Home Care Assistance. Available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, we are here to help whenever you need us.