Technically, a person is considered a senior citizen when they reach the age of 65. However, that's not always the way the general public feels - especially those who have hit the age of 50.
To some people, this might send them into spasms of denial. After all, how can you be 60 when you still feel 30 in your mind? But, really, that's a good way to think. It's been said many, many times that age is simply a number - it's a state of mind how old you actually are!
If you're over 50 years old, you've likely heard many times by now that you're over the hill. What started this rumor that once you've reached the middle of your life, it's all downhill from there?
Today's baby-boomers will stop at nothing to put an end to this rumor. They'll prove that the over 50 crowd is stronger and smarter than ever. Those over age 50 are more physically active than ever. Many have a decent amount of disposable income. They are politically active, culturally motivated and in tune with modern trends.
Mark Twain once said "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Truer words, I think, have never been spoken! So you're a senior citizen - so what! Life doesn't have to be relegated to planting flowers and rocking on your front porch talking about the good old days. Believe me; the good old days are just starting!
With maturity comes new knowledge and experiences that you can embrace and enjoy. You are blessed with the past memories you can share with those around you - your loved ones. But what if you're a single senior? Is all hope lost for sharing your life and those memories with someone else? Not a chance!
Many of those over the age of 50 actively date. Loss of a spouse or partner due to death or divorce or other life situation is no longer the beginning of many lonely years spent in mourning. Instead, dating for the over 50 crowd is big business.
At one time, dating for seniors was essentially unthought-of. The general consensus "back in the day" was that you found someone to marry and stayed married to them forever. Once they passed away, you were expected to simply live out the rest of your days as a widow or widower. Well, the times have changed.
Divorce can also bring you to a newly single status. The divorce rate today is alarmingly high, but for some people, there just isn't another option.
Studies have shown that staying single can also put your health at risk. Researchers from the University of Chicago and Duke University have found that the longer a man spends in divorced or widower state:
• The higher his likelihood of developing heart or lung disease or cancer
• The greater his risk of high blood pressures, diabetes, and stroke
• The more difficulties he will have with mobility, such as walking or climbing stairs
This particular study only involved men, but we're willing to be that women run those same risks as well. It makes sense then to get back out in the social scene and date - for your health!
If you're over 50 and you'd like to date, put your fears aside. There are so many safe ways to meet others who are in a similar situation. No longer do those over 50 have to rely on friends or family or neighbors to provide them with dating opportunities.
Why should you be expected to be alone when you still have so much life to live? You shouldn't! So you need to get out there and meet people - date, have fun, make new memories, have new experiences! What's the best way to do that?
Meeting new people can be challenging at any age, but for the senior, it can be especially daunting. If you've spent years with one person, you may not know where to begin. We think that's normal, but don't worry.
Inside this book, you'll find everything you need to know to get started in the online dating scene. We'll give you all kinds of tips and tricks on how to create your online profile, what to look for in a potential date, and ways to keep yourself safe.
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