Chances of dating over 55

At 63, he lives in a serene and comfortable residential care center about an hour away.

I live alone—with a big dog—in the Vermont countryside.

The senior population has steadily increased with each passing year.

For those who don’t have the option or simply don’t want to meet other singles through family and friends, here are the top five ways seniors are finding love in 2017 for those who are seeking friendship, intimacy or love: There’s one notable way in which the dating scene has changed since most seniors were last dating — the Internet.

For example, three simple ideas for creating dating opportunities include smiling genuinely, approaching men first and learning the art of flirting.

His assessment requires a fundamental shift in thinking – women must not be afraid to make the first move!

Ironically, Ed is happier now than he has ever been in his life. But I would like to see the world through someone else's eyes again. I recently read an interview with author Joan Didion, whose memoir about her husband's death, , was hugely successful and a National Book Award winner in 2005.

Many of the difficulties that we face when approaching love are based on expectations that love ought to be the same as it was during middle-age." And Joan, in her 70s, said "Oh, no, not marry, but I would love to fall in love again! Remarkably, seniors (adults over 55) are the fastest growing segment in online dating, with one site reporting more than 1,000 new memberships per day and annual growth in revenue of more than 100%. Apparently, when it comes to the desire to fall in love, Joan and I are not alone.To be as clear as possible about the differences between falling love and loving another: "falling in love" is largely unconscious and by its very nature involves a considerable amount of idealization and projection.Instead, it is important for older people to define new and authentic modes of intimacy and sexuality, so knowing where to find potential partners is important, and is, interestingly, more accessible than ever before for today’s aging population.There were more than 40 million Americans over 65 in 2011, according to the U. Administration on Aging, an 18% increase from 2000.In my recent interview with dating coach, David Wygant, he suggested that men are often the ones who lack confidence and suffer from fear of rejection.He says that older women have the power to make a connection that turns into a dating opportunity.Ed and I are divorced for financial and psychological reasons, but I go out to see him twice a week, a drive that takes me through the mountains at night, sometimes in the snow or rain.And yes, he recognizes me and reaches out with warmth and need. He's a lovely soul, but our relationship is not fulfilling in any other way—except that I am happy for his happiness. I have lots of fascinating things to do (largely because I still need to earn a living and my work is interesting) and two wonderfully feisty grown children and a grandchild. I am vital and healthy and full of ideas about life and love.Bette Davis once said that getting old is not for sissies.Well, many women would argue that the same comment applies to dating after 60.