Silver romance: Dating for a healthier, happier life
Getting back in to the dating game and looking for companionship in your 50s and 60s may seem daunting, but here are some ways to take the pressure off.
Some great ways to meet new people face to face
- Joining local yoga or meditation classes.
- Joining a local walking or running club.
- Becoming a volunteer in your local community.
- Signing up for a new class at your local community centre (cooking, photography, etc).
- Joining a local bush regeneration group to get your hands in the soil and feel you’re doing something worthwhile.
Online dating is becoming more popular with a recent research suggesting that that 51% of Australians had either tried online dating or would consider doing so.
- Plenty of choice.com.au
There are lots of different free and paid dating sites and apps out there. Why not try a couple to see which one you prefer.
- Be honest about who you are
Crafting a profile that actually reflects your true personality, hobbies and interests is far more likely to help attract the right person for you. Fakers are usually found out sooner or later, especially when you meet up for the first time.
- Use a recent, smiling photo
Photos help to build that vital first connection so use a recent photograph of you smiling. Although tempting, leave that photograph of you in your 30's in the photo album.
- Common interests attract
A great way to make the most of your online dating experience is to choose people who have similar interests to you.
- Balance the online connection with the real-life meeting
Spend time having conversations and getting to know a person online before you meet.
- First date
Try and find an activity close by that you will both enjoy. A friendly game of tennis or heading out for a night of salsa lessons is not only a novel date idea, it can also help exercise off some of those dating jitters!
- Be safe
Don’t reveal personal details, especially your address or banking details. When meeting your date for the first time, meet in an open, bright public place. It’s also a good idea to let a friend or family member know who you're meeting, where your meeting and when you will be back.