SENIORS’ WEEK: Many seniors entering world of dating

A growing number of people entering the world of dating are over the age of 50. While some things have changed since they did this the first time around, the rules of dating have largely remained the same.

For those about to re-enter the dating game in their senior years, these tips and tidbits may help make the process a bit easier.

• Use dating sites. For those shy about simply mingling in the singles’ social scene, online sites offer a measure of anonymity and can take away some of the pressure. Plus they enable daters to pool from a wide array of potential mates.

• The numbers are favourable for men. Senior men entering the dating world have an easier time of finding a potential date simply because there are more women than men in the senior age bracket.

• Use tried and true tactics. Individuals can ask to be set up by friends with single acquaintances.

Simply being friendly and getting the word out that there is an interest in dating may help.

• Realize it may take time. Finding the right match may take several dates and patience. Just because a person is now older doesn’t mean he or she has to be desperate and accept the first person who comes along. If there’s no chemistry, say so and move on. Once that special person is found, it will be worth the effort.