Kisses aren’t promises.”Even so, on some levels, experts say, dating is easier when you are older.Sure, there is a dearth of men, and people can be set in their ways.
About 90 percent of the estimated 3,000 matchmakers in the United States will work with seniors, though not necessarily exclusively, said Lisa Clampitt, co-founder of the Matchmaking Institute, which trains professional matchmakers.Harold Spielman, 86, is the co-author of “Suddenly Solo: A Lifestyle Road Map for the Mature Widowed and Divorced Man,” which he wrote after his wife of 32 years died in 2008 and he found himself adrift. Spielman asked 1,600 men and women over 55 about their feelings on love.Among his findings: More than 80 percent of both men and women said that the main reason to couple was “to share life experiences, past and future,” said Mr. Though he is dating, “at this point I’m not prepared to remarry,” he said.Many also worry about protecting their children’s inheritance, which marrying could seriously compromise.Those who do want to remarry “come waving a prenuptial at each other,” said Ms.
Financial considerations are among the biggest reasons people in their 60s and older are reluctant to remarry, said Pepper Schwartz, a professor of sociology at the University of Washington, and AARP’s love and relationship ambassador.