Navigating the world of dating when you’re over 50 might seem daunting at first.
If you’ve been with a long-term partner and haven’t dated for a while or don’t know anyone else in your life who is also single, it can be difficult to know where to start.
Dating again needn’t be scary though, and when you know where to look, you’ll find thousands of other singles up and down the country in the same position getting back out there and finding something that works for them.
Whether you’re ready to try online dating or prefer to keep your quest for a match done in person, getting started is easy with a few simple tips and tricks.
Senior dating online
Online dating websites are 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 singles in your area.
Taking the time to fill out your profile honestly and carefully can help make the process of meeting other singles online a lot more enjoyable – if you’re clear about what you want (and don’t want) you stand a much better chance of finding someone who is looking for the same things you are.
You can sign up for both paid and free services as you get started depending on what your interests are.
Services that are free to join like Mature Dating UK tend to offer the flexibility to browse through other members and choose matches you’re interested in on a more casual basis, while paid services like eHarmony emphasise careful selection, where you will be matched with people based on compatibility and you own specific criteria like distance, age or religion.
Sites like Silversurfers Dating, Match.com and JustSingleSeniors.com are all examples of popular dating services you could try, and offer the opportunity to start slowly – once you have made a few new connections you can interact with your matches and decide whether you’d like to take the step of arranging a date.
Over 50 offline dating options
If you’re not interested in online dating or don’t quite feel comfortable with the prospect of filling out a profile, there are still ways you can use the web to make offline connections.
There are several services that help organise events and arrange opportunities to meet people in your community, with the advantage of being to meet people face to face right away.
Services like Click arrange speed dating and causal meet up events around the UK. You can register with the site and get information about upcoming opportunities for singles events in your area.
Another option if you don’t want to use an online dating website is a service like Meet Up. The focus here is on finding neighbours and community groups in your area where you can meet and connect with others.
You can browse events in your area or even suggest your own if you have an idea you’d like to try.
Meet Up groups are created by theme or interest, and there’s everything from book clubs to singles nights on offer. It’s a great way to find new friends and love interests in a way that focuses on face-to-face contact.