But then it gets you thinking: You're single, too — what could be so bad about a casual night in bed with someone you like but don't love?For 50-plus types unwilling to walk — possibly rewalk — the path that leads to romance, rings and relocation, the prospect of a "friend with benefits" is looking less and less like a millennial indulgence. Charlie Stelle, have been researching the landscape and found that people over 60 represent the most rapidly growing demographic in online dating.
After all, it gets awfully lonely waiting around for "the one." Perhaps you've decided that what you need at this point in your life is someone to talk to and laugh with — someone with whom you can share the sheets, but not the tax refund.
Many older divorced or widowed men and women are in the same boat. You're probably not desperate enough to stalk your neighbors, or to go looking for friends with benefits in all the wrong places (bars come to mind).
The senior housing industry has largely recovered from its slump during the Great Recession, when many prospective residents couldn’t relocate because they couldn’t sell their homes.
Assisted living facilities and continuing-care retirement communities aim for occupancy rates between 90% and 95% and are currently at the lower end of this range, says Andrew Carle, executive-in-residence at the program in senior housing administration at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
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.
It may be the worst-kept secret in the senior living industry: single residents of retirement homes are having sexual relationships with each other.
And given the plethora of social activities planned by many senior living providers such as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs, also known as a life plan communities)–including outings, dances, or game and movie nights–there are near-limitless opportunities to meet prospective romantic partners.
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.
Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all, but their number one criteron make sense to us: an emphasis in profile questions on mutual interests and honest self-representation over looks and sexual prowess.