“Many have not dated in years and have no idea how to even approach the process,” says Claudia Jean, creator of a seminar series on mid-life dating.“There may also be a lingering sense of 'cheating’ that must be worked through.Many women over 60 are embarking on a new stage of life with different relationship statuses than were common in our parents’ era. Others became widows or simply chose to never to marry in the first place.This leaves many women wondering whether it is worth re-entering the dating world and looking for the best way to go about finding love after 60.If you need immediate assurances, move on.” Brad Banner of Montrose, California, agrees: “Losing my wife kept me on an emotional roller coaster for over a year.
“If after a few months of dating, this goes on, and the deceased partner’s clothes are still in the closet or his or her voice is still on the message machine, it’s a sign that [your date] is not ready to move on.” The key to forging a healthy relationship, our experts say, is to manage your own emotions while giving your date some time to manage his or hers.
Many women over 60 are learning how to re-engage with their sense of self-worth and self-love.
Some women said that they could not imagine being loved again.
“The stages of grieving are finite, and eventually your date can make a relatively clean break,” Barash concludes.
Finding love after 60 is a major topic of discussion and curiosity for women in the Sixty and Me community – and with good reason.