Dating tips when you’re over 50

Feel that you’d like to start dating again but not sure how to go about it?

It can be daunting to start dating again later in life; perhaps you’ve been with a long term partner and haven’t dated for a while. Or perhaps you’ve been concentrating on your career and now have more time for you? Whatever the reason you want to find someone to share your life with after 50 it is not easy to know where or how to start.

The general rule of thumb is to try and find someone who has a common outlook on life to you and someone you can have some fun with.  Here are some tips on how to find that new partner in your life:

Be proactive

Try not to rely on friends to introduce you to someone they may think you’d be suited to, instead how about joining a local book club, choir, exercise or dance class? Or take up a new hobby such as photography, join a beginner’s art class or consider learning a new language. There are also many local charity events you could get involved with where you may find like-minded single people.

Have you considered online dating?

Many over 50’s are turning to online dating as it is one of the simplest ways to meet other singles, particularly if you don’t live in the city. If your current lifestyle doesn’t offer you lots of opportunities to meet new people, a dating website is a relaxed approach to connecting with other single people in your area.

Specialist over-50’s dating sites like Silversurfers Dating are becoming particularly popular, as older singles realise the potential of the internet.

But if you’re nervous about trusting in technology to make your dating life easier then here are a few things to remember:

  • Choose a site that you feel matches your ethos and which you think may attract people like you
  • Complete your profile carefully and honestly so it gives a true representation of your character
  • Try and be clear about what you want (and don’t want) then you stand a much better chance of finding someone who is looking for the same things as you
  • Always be polite. If someone contacts you try and 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
  • Beware of scammers. Watch out for profiles that say they’re peace keepers in Syria, or widowed doctors looking to relocate to the UK.

Above all, take your time finding someone who is right for you, so that you enter a meaningful relationship that is much more likely to stand the test of time.

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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