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Over 50 dating – find love later in life

Are you an over 50 single looking for a life-long partner? You're not alone. Many mature-aged singles new to online dating fear that their age is a barrier to finding love again. But fear not – there are literally thousands of singles over 50 looking to make contact with like-minded others online.

Of course, over 50s dating can present some interesting challenges. By the nature of things, mature-aged singles bring decades of life experience to the table –the good, the bad and the ugly. Whether it’s emotional hurt from a previous relationship, stagnant ideas about how a relationship should work or grief from the loss of a loved one, older singles sometimes doubt whether they can or should get back in the dating game

Our partner Psychologist Sam Owen says this doubt can be a vicious cycle; 'As we get older and children have flown the nest, we can have fewer people in our social network, which can increase feelings of loneliness and perpetuate low self-esteem in some.'  

So it's time to jump back in the saddle. See below for our 3 top tips.

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Further relationship advice:

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Reassemble the pieces

If you’ve recently come out of a long term relationship, there’s a fair chance that you’ve lost a few pieces of you along the way. Hobbies, interests and passions can sometimes be swept aside in the course of a relationship, so before you begin dating again it’s a good idea to stop and think about who you were before you entered into your previous relationship. Now reassemble the pieces! Whether it’s doing a short course, learning to play the guitar or simply getting fit again, acting upon your interests will help you to build confidence in your new ‘single’ identity.

Sam Owen explains, 'Try new things and meet new people as a way of expanding your horizons; the more interacting with new people and engaging in new behaviours, the more you will see new ways of thinking about the world and life.'  

Be future-focused

Attachment to a previous partner is an enormous threat to a budding relationship, so if you’re recently divorced or separated you need to ask yourself, are you ready for someone new? Do you have time, energy and emotional space? If you take the plunge and find yourself on a first date, it’s important to be optimistic and future-focused. Divulging the details about an ex-partner or previous relationship may feel like you are bringing them closer into your world, but it will only push potential partners away. Remember that over 50 dating is all about looking forward to a bright new future!

Sam Owen reiterates, 'Understand you are far from alone; being single in your 50s is increasingly common so don’t beat yourself up about it or feel despondent.'

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It's never too late

Mature-aged singles returning to dating often feel out of touch with the ‘rules’ of dating, or worry that it’s ‘too late’ to find love again. If this is you, sweep these thoughts aside – life experience is an asset and over 50 dating actually accounts for a large portion of online dating members. You may have a few decades of dating behind you, but the decades ahead will be determined by what you do today. So set up an account and start making contact with other older singles – it’s never too late to find somebody special.

According to Sam Owen, increasing your friendship circle is the best way to meet Mr or Mrs right: 'the best relationships are also grounded on deep friendship', she says.