Over 50s dating tips and websites

The world of dating can be tricky when you’re in your 20s and 30s.

But when you’re in your 50s or older, it can seem like a minefield. Whether you’re trying to meet local singles or searching for love farther afield, dating never seems simple and the etiquette can be hard to grasp.

If you’re over 50 and struggling with dating, take a deep breath and relax. The best way to meet someone special is simply to be yourself – and make sure you’re in the right place at the right time. Dating online can expand your options.

How to start dating again

The internet is awash with tips on over-50s dating, but don’t get too bogged down in the rules and guidelines these posts offer. Instead, look for balanced, positive inspirations with this advice from Happy Living Magazine which sheds light on some practicalities, and this feature on the art of dating.

In general, the rules for dating in your 50s are very much the same as dating in your 20s: look for someone whose company you enjoy, and with whom you have some common interests. This doesn’t mean that you have to enjoy doing everything they do. Instead, you should seek out men and women who have a common life outlook to yours, and someone with whom you can have fun.

Try not to depend on other people to introduce you to potential suitors. Instead, go out and meet like-minded singles yourself. Join a local book club or get involved in charity events in your neighbourhood. You could also consider taking an evening course at a college or university to meet people who have the same interests as you.

Dating websites for over-50s

While there are many ways to meet single people through real-life pursuits, many men and women of all ages are now turning to dating websites to find a new partner. Specialist over-50s dating sites like Silversurfes Dating are becoming particularly popular, as older singles realise the potential of the internet. Other dating sites for older people include Wise Owl Dating, and the new over 50s dating app Lumen.

However, if you decide that online dating is the right approach for you, it’s important not to simply rush out and join several dating sites. Instead, do your research carefully and choose a site that you feel matches your ethos, and which you think may attract people you’ll like. Make sure that you also take the time to complete your profile, carefully and honestly, so other members of the dating site will have a good representation of your character.

And remember that, even though you’re not interacting with someone face-to-face, basic rules of politeness and courtesy still apply. If someone contacts you through the dating site, try to get back to them relatively quickly, even if you’re not interested. Maintaining this positive attitude means you’re more likely to attract people who share that outlook, and find someone who can make you happy.

If you are ready to start dating again Silversurfers Dating is a great opportunity to meet other over 50’s from the Silversurfers community. 

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26th Aug 2019
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I have a positive outlook on life, have good sense of humour, enjoy the outdoors especially walking with my dogs and particular enjoy Anglesey.
23rd Mar 2018
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I'm a christian singles, 55 years of age. Is there any dating sites only serve to senior christian singles except that I know.
5th Aug 2017
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how do I put my photo on this site do I need to pay not that its a problem, just an outdoor type wishing to meet alike minded, lady around my age love to meet new people and get to know them
25th Oct 2016
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Are there any free dating sites on here please
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Hello Suzyq64 and a very warm welcome to Silversurfers. Yes we do have a dating site on here at called You can also sign up for our membership of the Silvercard+ where you can get discounts from over 100 different partners of ours.
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10th Dec 2014
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Is there any of these meet friends/dating sites for young at heart people over 60 as there is quiet a different expectation between the person of 50 to a person that is over 60. I have been single for a long time and I am now 69 years but much younger in my outlook and energy so as you can imagine its difficult.
19th Dec 2015
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I am in the same boat but a bit older than you but like you i don t feel my age i am fit and healthy

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