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Relationship Matters

Dating Safety Tips for Seniors

Written by: Akua Hinds

October 28, 2015


Dating Safety Tips for Seniors by Akua Hinds

Single seniors are becoming a growing demographic due to death and divorce.  It is no longer a shock when two people decide not to remain together until one of them passes away because societal rules are less stringent than they were in previous generations.  Seniors living in the 21st century are more active than seniors from years past, and they are usually eager and hopeful to start a relationship with someone who understands them and share similar life values.  Seniors are more experienced about life than they were when they were first dating as young adults.  But, despite their life experiences, some seniors may need a refresher course about the dating game and how to play it.  Not all seniors live in facility care and for the purposes of this article, all of the safety tips will be geared to physically active seniors who are living independently. 

Be prepared while you are on your date, and be cautious with the information you reveal.

Tip 1:  Always use protection.  Mature ladies may have gone through menopause but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t use protection with new partners.  Pregnancy may not be an issue anymore, but there is always a chance of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.  Many single male seniors may have been previously married for a long time, but that doesn’t guarantee that they were completely faithful to their wives or that their wives were faithful to them.  A senior couple should use condoms during intimate encounters until they have both been tested negative for sexually transmitted diseases and they commit to having a monogamous relationship. 

Take time to talk to your partner about your relationship histories.

Tip 2:  Keep your personal information under lock and key.  Many of today’s seniors grew up during an era when many families never locked the front doors to their homes because neighbourhood safety wasn’t really an issue.  Times have certainly changed, and it is better to be safe than sorry.  Seniors meeting each other for their first date should meet in a public place in a safe part of town.  Make sure to carry a cell phone with you or coins for the pay phone just in case you need to contact someone to come and get you if the date doesn’t go as well as you had hoped.  However, if your date is going splendidly, enjoy yourself but be cautious about revealing too much personal information.  Take the time to get to know your date slowly and listen intently to what they are saying.  There is no rush, take your time to get to know each other. 

Try to have a mobile phone with you at all times during your first date for your own protection.

Tip 3:  Inform your loved ones about your whereabouts.  Many seniors have friends and family members who love them and worry about their safety.  While the people in your life might be supportive about you stepping out onto the dating scene again, they may overprotective.  Thanks to their age and experience, seniors are precious treasures.  But just like every treasure out there, there are predators who want to take advantage of them.  Seniors who have failing health and lonely hearts can be vulnerable and they need to be protected.  If you are a senior who is dating again, carry a cell phone with you to help you keep in touch with family and let them know where your date will take place in case of emergencies. 

Be open to the possibilities of what dating can bring.

The thought of dating again can seem scary, even to the most brave and cosmopolitan senior.  However, take heart, because there are wonderful opportunities to find the right person.  Internet savvy seniors might be interested in using niche dating sites geared towards people in their age group such as SeniorMatch.com and SilverSingles.com to find matches.  Many large cities also have groups for older adults looking for social opportunities and friendship and they would be great places to meet potential mates.  If you are a senior and you are single, you don’t have to face your golden years alone.  There are many other single seniors who are enthusiastic about finding a partner to spend their golden retirement years with.  While you are searching for the right person, keep an open mind and be cautious  with regards to your physical well-being, personal information and your heart. 

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