Even single residents of assisted living facilities frequently meet a romantic interest and pair up.But there are also reasons for seniors in retirement communities to be cautious about starting an intimate relationship.In fact, a 2013 Pew Research Center study found that 6 percent of Americans between ages 55 and 64 had used an online dating website or app.For perspective, 10 percent of 18-24 year-olds have used these sites…a relatively small generational gap.Online dating (or Internet dating) is a system that enables strangers to find and introduce themselves to new personal connections over the Internet, usually with the goal of developing personal, romantic, or sexual relationships.
There are even dating sites that have been created to cater exclusively to seniors including Howaboutwe.com, which recently partnered with AARP, and Our Time.
It may not be the most romantic way to open a first date but, as one Oregon man recently discovered, failing to fully disclose a sexually transmitted disease to a potential lover can cost you.
This week a jury awarded a woman 0,000 in damages after she contracted genital herpes from a man she was dating.
Related: Inside the Dating Scene for Single Seniors In many retirement communities and assisted living facilities, where female residents are typically a majority, snagging an eligible male resident can be quite the coup.
Though there has been little research on what’s going on in the bedrooms of older adults, we know that American seniors often are having intimate relationships well into their 70s and even 80s, enabled in some cases by “little blue pills.” But with age, certain health conditions can limit seniors’ ability to safely engage in sexual activity.