"When you've been in a long-term relationship and you're suddenly single in your 60s or 70s, it's surprising to find that the rules have changed. You can't expect a neighbor or friend to fix you up with a suitable gentleman or lady. While most people on dating sites are genuinely looking for a spouse or companionship, some do have other motives. “I screen people out by insisting Saturday night is date night,” says Sandy Reynolds, 66, a retiree who lives outside Tampa, Florida.
"When people come out of this depression, they realize they may have 15 or 20 years of life left and they must make a decision about what to do with the rest of their lives. But, like anything, arming yourself with knowledge before starting a new adventure is empowering. “I know people who have met and married,” says Reynolds.After spending decades as one-half of a couple, older adults who find themselves suddenly single can face overwhelming isolation and loneliness.From the comfort of your home, you can connect with people and look for a partner.Some dating sites, like Our and Senior People Meet.com, are dedicated to people age 50 and older. And don’t give out your home phone number or address early in the relationship. If the relationship progresses, ask to meet their friends.