Tips for Healthy Relationships in Older Adulthood: 4

Tip 4: Be open to dating

The need for close and intimate relationships with romantic partners doesn’t decrease with age. Getting back into dating can lead to greater connection, intimacy, and support during later life. 

The idea of dating in later life can also be scary and overwhelming, especially if you have lost a partner. It’s important to give yourself the time you need before you start dating, and to use that time to reflect on what your needs and wants are for relationships. Read more about what to expect when dating as an older adult

Romantic relationships can be a source of great joy in older adulthood and being open to dating can help older adults establish healthy relationships that provide companionship, understanding, and support during later stages of life.