Idea for Lonely Elderly Parents: Online Dating!
Many consider aging in place to be ideal. But it can also be lonely.
Elder-care consultant Carolyn Rosenblatt writes at her Forbes blog about an interesting solution she and her husband found for his mother. They signed her up for senior Internet-dating! Though the 87-year-old didn’t connect with anyone online, she eventually met a man in the real world. She’s not interested in falling in love but has found great companionship, Rosenblatt writes.
This gentleman is lonely, just like Alice is. They have some things in common. He has that most attractive of male qualities in the over 80 set: he drives at night! She doesn’t. …
There’s a different quality to this connection than there is in a classic romantic attraction. The human need to be with someone interesting and fun doesn’t age. One doesn’t have to feel romantic to feel happy. We just know that Alice is having a good time. She’s going places and doing things she can’t do alone. We’re cheering for Alice.
You can read Rosenblatt’s entire account here: “Romance for Alice, My Aging Parent.”
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.