Dating for over 50s: how to find love in later life

The prospect of re-entering the dating scene in later life can seem daunting, which is perfectly understandable.

If you've been married for some years and are recently divorced or widowed, looking for love is a whole lot different today than it was back when you were young. But that's no reason to be put off -- you're never too old to fall in love!

Everyone deserves someone special in their life, no matter what age they are. If you're feeling a little unsure and don't know where to start when it comes to finding a date, this guide to dating for over 50s is for you.

The benefits of dating when you're over 50

You know how to be yourself

People over 50 have been around long enough to feel comfortable with who they are. You no longer feel the need to pretend to be something you're not, as you might have done while dating in your 20s and 30s.

You know what you want

By now you've probably had a number of serious relationships, and might have been married before. You know what you like in a partner (and what you don't), so there's no need to waste time with people who don't meet your requirements.

There's less pressure

You might remember dating in your 20s and 30s as a stressful time. At this age people are looking for a potential life partner, someone to take home to meet the parents, someone who they raise a family with. Now that you're over 50, you can simply have fun together and enjoy each other's company.

Online dating

15 million people in the UK are registered for online dating, and with one in five relationships now beginning online, you'd be missing out on a huge portion of potential dating partners if you didn't give it a try.

Dating websites let you view likely matches in your area, and when you find a match, you can send one another messages to find out if you get along before agreeing to meet up. There's no pressure to arrange dates, so if you're newly single and feeling a little nervous, chatting online is a great way to build your confidence.

When it comes to choosing the right online dating site, you need to work out what it is you're looking for. Are you keen to meet a new long-term partner, or are you hoping to play the field a little and enjoy being single again? Different dating websites tend to attract people who are looking for different things, so be sure to choose wisely before signing up.

If you're not very confident when it comes to technology, ask a friend or family member to help you out and read our article about how to stay safe online. There are even sites designed specifically for this purpose, such as My Lovely Parent and My Single Friend, which allow your loved ones to find suitable matches for you.

Speed dating

A lot of online dating sites also arrange face-to-face speed dating and other social events. If you're the kind of person who feels more relaxed in a real-life encounter, this could be the perfect way to meet someone special.

Set ups/ blind dates

The chances are your friends and family might know a few people over 50 who are newly single. Ask your friends and family to help set you up on a date - the chances are they will jump at the chance to help you find love. The great thing about being set up on a date by people you know well is that they will likely choose someone who you have a lot in common with.