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How to find love after 65

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Dating later in life can seem challenging, but relationships are an important part of life no matter your age.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s 65-and-older population has grown rapidly since 2010, driven by the aging of Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964. The 65-and-older population grew by over a third during the past decade.

A large number of these Americans are single, with the U.S. Administration on Aging reporting 55 percent of women and 28 percent men over 65 are single. With so many single people later in life, it’s not as hard as you may think to find love after 65.

There are several popular online dating sites or apps for those over 65, like AARP Dating, eHarmony Senior Dating and Our Time. Some offer a free trial or different membership packages to customize the site in a way that best suits you.

Senior living communities offer a similar environment with events and activities to meet others and spark new friendships. Assisted living communities like Heritage Woods of Minooka contribute to seniors’ happiness and overall quality of life, according to A Place for Mom.

Senior community centers offer neighborhood activities and events and typically host special celebrations during the holidays. Libraries and other venues for hobbies offer great settings to meet someone new.

Taking a new relationship slow can help ease concerns from adult children who may be worried about their parent’s emotional and financial stability.

Happiness is important at any age, but companionship plays a huge role in contributing to good quality of life and happiness. If you or a loved one desires companionship after age 65, A Place for Mom recommends being proactive to rediscover the art of dating, being confident and finding a way to meet people.

Don’t be afraid to meet introduce yourself to someone new. Get out and interact in and around your community – you never know what that initial introduction may spark!

Heritage Woods of Minooka, an Assisted Lifestyle Community for the Older Adult, 701 Heritage Woods Drive, Minooka, IL, 60447, 815-467-2837, www.gardant.com/heritagewoodsminooka