Dating over 50 can feel like a different game than dating when you were in your 20s. If you’ve been out of the dating scene for some time or are new to dating at 50+, here are some tips to make dating easier and possibly more enjoyable when dating over 50 .
Find your support system (or start one)
If you’re divorced, newly single, widowed or just looking for companionship in life, it can be very beneficial to find yourself a support group made up of friends who understand that dating is difficult in general, but especially when dating over 50. Whether it’s starting a book club with other singles in your age group or encouraging each other after dates that don’t go well, having a support system can help you stay positive and focused on your dating goals.
Getting out there
It’s true dating is often more difficult when dating over 50, but it’s also true that the more dating experience you have under your belt, the better equipped you are to handle it at any age. You may choose to start online or attend speed dating events for singles in your area (more about those below). Dating apps like eHarmony allow people all over the world to create profiles and search for their matches online via computer or mobile device. If dating apps aren’t your thing, try attending local single events like concerts or happy hours where other singles can be found mingling.
Don’t date for dating’s sake
When dating over 50, it can be easy to start dating just so you have something to do. But dating should never become a chore . It should be enjoyable and possible to find someone who clicks with you—it might take some time, but eventually you will meet your match. Many dating experts suggest dating only one person at a time until the relationship becomes exclusive, which can help avoid awkward dating situations in general because there’s less pressure involved.
Take dating one day at a time
Whether it’s finding that special someone or simply enjoying being single, don’t get ahead of yourself when dating over 50 . Take things one step at a time—for example, focus on getting to know the person you’re dating rather than trying to find out early on if they want to get married. After all, dating is all about having fun!
Dating doesn’t have to be difficult and can be a wonderful opportunity for finding companionship or even love so don’t let dating hold you back. You never know what could happen when dating over 50 so enjoy yourself and good luck!