One thing we have been struck with has been the important role that dinner plays in the social (or not-so-social) lives of most older adults.
Let’s take a look at nine things you (probably) didn’t know about dating for older adults: It seems counter-intuitive to say that people characterized by one attribute — how old they are — don’t care as much about age when looking for a companion, but it’s true.
On the other hand, the 75-year old woman who has had past back problems and likes to stay in with wine and movies might be a great match for that 65-year-old man. The hottest online dating app for young people today is Tinder, which proudly claims to be matching over 450 million love-seekers daily.
Take a quick look at the Tinder user interface to the left.
Or, like this serial dater on a budget from Toronto, it’s for women (or men) intentionally “food hooking.” What are food hookers? Good for: Vegans, lacto vegetarians, ovo vegetarians, pescatarians, semi-vegetarians, etc.
You know, those people looking to never pay for a dinner out again while “fulfilling [their] restaurant hit list.” Sign up online here. Friendster and Olive Grindr, this anonymous social-networking app doesn’t mess around—it uses the help of i Phone location services to enforce a strict Applebee’s customers-only policy. What’s the deal: This dating site connects veg-heads with one another for a lifetime of quinoa salads and yoga. Good for: The “dairy-free & dynamic” or “celiac & sexy” What’s the deal: Singles With Food Allergies is meant to appeal to the older crowd, presumably, seeing as the website says it’s for “divorced, never-married or widowed individuals whose lives are all affected by food allergies.” Sign up online here.
This is why, for most older adults, a dinner date is the most important first step towards finding companionship.