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Age really is only a number

Age really is only a number

As I get older, I am realising more and more that age really doesn’t matter. Don’t get my wrong, I’m not ready to draw my pension just yet, but I will soon be turning 40. In a way, I guess I’ve always been a little anti-agism, after all, my husband is a whole 12 years older than me. But as I get older, it bugs me more and more when people are labelled as “too old” to enjoy things, particularly dating!

Over 60s dating

In my opinion, dating is even more important as we get older, particularly over 60 dating. At that time in our lives, any children we have are probably independent by now and living away from home. Friends are often already in couples too. Being single and over 60 can feel like an incredibly lonely place to be.

More marriages than ever before now end in divorce in the UK, a large proportion of those are in the 60+ age bracket. This means that there are now more single people aged 60 and over than ever before. Dating is a great way for these people to get back on their feet and get out to meet new people.

The many benefits of dating in your 60s

There are so many benefits to dating if you’re over 60!

Mental wellbeing

Being single is absolutely fine if you’re happy to be that way. But for many people, companionship is really important for their mental wellbeing. Having somebody to talk to, do things with and even just sit quietly with can make a huge difference to our mental health.

Physical health

When we have somebody to share experiences with, we are far more likely to get out and enjoy the outdoors. This, in turn, leads to us getting more physical activity and spending more time outside in the fresh air. Both of these are really important for our physical wellbeing, particularly as we get older.

Somebody to share things with

As we get older, we have a huge amount of life experience and memories that we love to share with people. Whether it’s friendship, companionship or a full blown relationship you’re looking for, sharing our experiences is a really important part of building up a relationship with somebody.

It’s easier now than ever before

Dating these days is really easily accessible for any age. There are dedicated dating websites set up specifically for the over 60s, so there’s no need to even leave the house to start chatting to new people. For those of us who get a little nervous and anxious about talking to new people, the internet provides that extra layer of security for us until we feel ready to take the next step.

So, no matter what you’re age, if you feel that you would benefit from starting dating again, then there’s absolutely nothing holding you back! Taking the first step is often the hardest, but simply take things as slowly as you need to and you might be surprised at how much of a difference dating makes to your life.

*This is a collaborative post.

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