Others might absolutely want -- or not want -- sex as part of another relationship." Dating dynamics More than a third of Americans over 50 are divorced, widowed, separated or have never married, according to a tally of statistics released in 2006 by the U. Philip Belove, a marriage and family therapist based in Bellows Falls, Vermont, who specializes in midlife relationships issues."If you have a life that you like and things you want to do and interests to pursue, maybe you don't want to sacrifice some of those priorities in order to be someone else's soul mate." This sentiment doesn't just apply to confirmed bachelors, either.(Life Wire) -- Like 20- or 30-something singles, older men and women are dating and embracing their sexuality.But many older singles -- some of whom have already been down the aisle -- aren't looking to exchange their single status for a band of gold.Romance isn’t dead They may have been around the block, but that doesn’t mean seniors have lost their faith in love.Even after break-up, separation and divorce, 97% believe you can fall in love at any age.
The over 70s were also more accepting of casual sex; 75% said they don’t need to wait for a solid relationship commitment before having sex, a sentiment which was shared with just 56% of younger singles."We are not aiming for great changes in the second half of life, but looking for fulfillment in who we are now," says Sharon Romm, a Seattle-based psychiatrist and author of "Dating After 50: Negotiating the Minefields of Midlife Romance." "Not everyone wants another marriage.Someone might want a companion for going to concerts on Saturday night and not much more. "Many over 50 are no longer looking for that one person, that 'soul mate'," says Dr.Those who had met their partners through dating websites went online because they felt there were very limited places and opportunities to meet like-minded others and because they no longer took part in the pub and club scene.Lorraine, 65, remarked: Apart from a dearth of available partners in their social or friendship groups, it is hard for older adults to work out who is actually available.In fact, with 1 in 6 Canadians aged 65 or over, and with 55-64 year olds outnumbering those aged 15-24 for the first time, the senior age group in Canada now includes a vast section of the population – many of whom are vibrant, interesting men and women who also happen to be looking for a second shot at love.