As you know either from your personal experience or from chatting with single friends, dating over 50 can be complicated. One possible reason is a smaller dating pool that some feel gets even smaller when older men date younger women.
This was the topic on HuffPost Live recently, as a panel of post 50s talked about dating over 50 with host Nancy Redd. Richard Reiner of Los Angeles, California said he's dated women his age as well as women 20 to 25 years younger and found he just didn't click with women his age.
"The women that I've met closer to my age seem to be less dreamy... more jaded is the word I would use, because they've had so many bad experiences with men," Reiner said. "It's not how I feel. I still have the dream."
Reiner explains why he prefers to date younger women in the video above. What's your preference? Let us know in the poll or the comments section.
Spice It Up
Rather than opting for the expected dinner out, try staying in and cooking your own meal together. First time meeting your date? Check out local cooking classes in your area rather than opening up your home to a stranger.
Root For The Home Team
A shared interest is always a good place to start. Sporting events, such as a baseball game, deliver a more relaxed environment that allows you to talk without the risk of disturbing others or mis-gauging your "inside voice". The 3-hour-or-so time frame of most baseball games give you the option to leave early--or stay longer--depending on how the date goes.
Pack A Picnic Basket
An increasingly popular option, this date has all the makings of grabbing a bite to eat while simultaneously enjoying the outdoors. Branch out from the park and consider other scenic locations such as the beach or nearby a lake. Divvy up menu items or make a quick stop to the grocery store to shop together before picnicking.
Map The Stars
This is a lovely night-date alternative to a movie, which often leads to a lack of conversation and uncomfortable shuffling in the seats. Instead, head to your local observatory, or drive 15-20 minutes out of town to avoid light pollution. Pack hot beverages and a blanket, and you're good to go.
Sip On Shiraz
Wine tastings and wineries allow for a setting that is informal yet informative (and stocked with liquid courage). Such dates could also easily be turned into a group activity for those who would feel more comfortable with an outing involving more than just a plus one.
Checking out a genre of music you both enjoy has endless posibilites, from sold-out stadiums to smaller venues, to outdoor concerts and local shows in the park. Plus if the date isn't a hit, at least you got see that band while they were in town.
Look up new exhibits or gallery openings in your area. Discussing various pieces will stomp out awkward silences, while hearing your date's perspectives and opinions will offer starting points for deeper conversation.