Almost every guide on dating opportunities targets young singles or at least men and women who are still in their forties. This coupled with the fact that mature singles find it difficult to lead a hectic social life, automatically cuts down their chances of meeting potential partners. However there are still many ways you can get to meet people after sixty. So if you are a senior woman and eager to check out the dating scene, here are a few ways you can go about it.
- The neighborhood park
Start with places that are easiest for you to access, like your neighborhood park. Take a stroll or borrow a friend’s dog and set out at a time when most senior men are on their morning walk. Many among them could be single and over time you will get to know the regulars. Apart from the world of good a regular walk will do to your health, it will also open up opportunities to meet senior singles. You could open a conversation with some nice-looking by stopping and compliment his dog’s shiny coat or his fluid Tai’ chi moves. Then ask how he does it and before you know, you both may be asking things about each other.
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- A special interest society
A hobby club or special interest society remains one of the most popular and effective ways of meeting potential dates. This is because such clubs not only draw people with similar interests but also because you can have a whole lot of fun on your own while exploring your socializing options. However keep in mind to settle for a club that has members from both sexes, or you will be left learning about the finer points of bonsai with an overwhelming majority of sixty-plus women. It could be a society for book lovers, photographers, avid hikers or anything that brings people together of special interests and wider resources. Better still sign up for a dance class at an upscale address or wine appreciation course which are likely to draw in the well-heeled among men. Be guided by your own interests because if others see you having a good time, they will be interested in joining you.
- Attend workshops
Workshops on self-improvement, health and holistic living are likely to attract guests and participants who have both the time and the interest to attend such events – in other words senior or retired singles. So try to attend such lectures and workshops as often as possible – while many of them may offer free entry, some might require you to sign up with a registration fee. And even if you don’t end up with a date, you are sure to spend an enjoyable morning learning about skills and practices which can improve the quality of your own life.
- The Public library
The library is one place which is sure to attract people who are interesting in acquiring knowledge and information. And unlike workshops or expensive bookstores, a library does not require you to spend money every time you go there. So what better way spend a Sunday afternoon that poring over pages of your favorite books and magazines. However since the primary purpose of your visit here is to meet interesting people, make it a point to browse through sections on hobbies, sports, collectibles and travel – subjects which are likely to interest men who have the time and resources to pursue these interests.
- The driving range
If you are looking to meet single men, you would have more luck at your local driving range than at a sports bar or the neighborhood ice-skating rink. So pick up a golf club from a garage sale and head for the driving range. There is, in fact, no need to know golf at all, since that is exactly why you are at the range – to practice! After you have smacked a few balls and looked happily incompetent, you could ask the nice-looking, silver-haired guy in the next lane to offer you some advice. However if your resources permit, you could even join a golf club. Not only will the view be better but the people you meet are more likely to be more successful singles.
- Take up a part-time job
If your health permits, a part-time job could be a great way to expand your circle of contacts. It could be something interesting like helping out at the local amateur dramatics society or a far more staid job at the community library or the post-office-cum-local store. No matter what you choose, if you are working outside you are sure to come in contact with a greater number of people throughout the day, rather than if you just sit at home. And who knows you may just meet a nice man while simply explaining the rules of lending at the library.
- Volunteer work
If you feel you cannot be regular with a job, volunteer work is yet another great option when you are alone and wish to have a more interesting life. First of all, helping out a cause with your time and efforts will provide you with deep inner satisfaction and secondly in the process you shall be getting to meet more people than if you had not taken the initiative to reach out to others.
- Church groups
It is a proven fact that with advancing age, people begin to think more of spiritual matters. It could be because they sense that the time to meet their Maker is drawing near, or simply because now they have more time on their hands. So start being an active member in your Church group - volunteer to organize the Church fetes or the kids’ Christmas parties. As you interact with more people, you are sure to come across someone you would like to know better.
- Get out of your comfort zone
The only men you are sure to come in touch with if you remain indoors are probably the postman and the milk-delivery guy. So as far as possible, get out of your home – for instance when it is time to stock up on the groceries, drive to the store instead of ordering in the stuff by phone. Or if you are reading an interesting book, do so over a cup of latte at a nearby café instead of in the privacy of home. To take the same principle in a larger context, explore the idea of setting out on a cruise or with a travel group that caters to the needs of senior singles. These types of cruises and tours allow seniors to interact with one another in a social setting. Most senior cruises have activities like dance lessons, night clubs, spas and casinos where you are bound to have a good time, date or no date.
- Go online
These days there are several dating websites that cater to special professional and age groups. So sign up with one that is geared towards the expectations and requirements of over 60 singles. Alternatively you can even sign up with a relevant dating service which despite costing more than dating websites, would come with several advantages like doing a background check on potential candidates and some will even match you up with suitable dates.