Finding Love and Affection Online After You Turn 65

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“Love has no age, no limit, and no death.”

 -John Galsworthy

It can happen at any age. And why not? Love is the emotion that conquers all, from the time that we’re born until the day we die. Although the romantic notion of love focuses on the young, it’s also vital that the young at heart continue to experience love, too. 

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It may be a different kind of love that you’ll feel in your 60s and beyond, but the feelings are still as valid as they were when you were 17. 

And although we’re living longer than ever before, that also means, for some people who have lost a spouse through death or a divorce, the time spent alone can also be longer than ever.

If you’ve been out of circulation for a while, the first steps to connecting with that special someone can be extremely uneasy. You may experience feelings of awkwardness or guilt, concerned what your family might think, or just be plain scared at the prospect of laying your heart on the line once again.

Fortunately, there are ways to ease those feelings and get back in the game. Dating for seniors has changed quite a bit in recent years thanks to the growing popularity of online dating services, many of which are targeted directly to seniors. 

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If you’re over 65, here are some of the most popular dating sites you may want to check out:

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eHarmony Senior Dating

Started by clinical psychologist Dr. Neil Clark Warren, this site has more than 15 million registered users and utilizes a 29 Dimensions of Compatibility index, built by answering a series of questions, to match people with each other. From his work, Dr. Warren believes these dimensions are good indicators of creating relationship successes to match singles from all walks of life. eHarmony senior members currently live in all 50 states and more than 200 countries.

Senior Friend Finder

Seniors 60 and over who are looking for friendship, dating or marriage can enjoy a chat, instant messaging or a magazine feature that allows them to upload articles they’ve written. A free trial allows potential users to view up to 10 profiles a day and make contact through the chat service. Members are screened and there is an emphasis placed on online security so that members can take part in site activities with a high degree of confidence.

AARP Dating

This popular online community allows users to reveal information about themselves by answering a variety of questions and has a resident dating expert to help seniors navigate the world of online dating and dating in general. You can try out the service with a trial membership.

If you’re a bit younger, you might also check out Silver SinglesOur Time or Senior People Meet. All three provide many of the same services as the other online sites, but target people age 50 and older.

If the prospect of putting yourself out into the general population seems a bit daunting, then maybe a more targeted and specialized dating site might be for you.

Christian Café for Single Senior

A free 10-day trial allows users to view photo profiles, perform searches and connect with others by email and forum conversations.

Senior Black People Meet

Targeted to the African-American community, this online site allows people to meet and build relationships ranging from casual friendships to romance and more.

Senior Jewish Singles

As the name implies, this site is geared toward Jewish seniors looking for companionship and romance.

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