Senior matching and dating

But online dating can be daunting for this demographic.

Unlike younger daters, who are versed in the special etiquette of digital romance, many older people struggle with it.

Kisses aren’t promises.”Even so, on some levels, experts say, dating is easier when you are older.

Sure, there is a dearth of men, and people can be set in their ways.

She introduced him to about 10 women, whom he initially met at a Starbucks or Panera Bread for a 15-minute introduction.

Only two of the women were on dating websites.“These were women I would never have had an opportunity to meet,” he said.

“They might be very trusting of people and they shouldn’t be.

They might think if they kiss them good night they’re going to call.

“Older women often get ripped off with empty promises from matchmakers that they have plenty of men for them,” she said.Schwartz, adding that few get offended because they’re mostly all in the same position.Jerry Slutzky, 61, an estate planning lawyer and certified financial planner in Tampa, Fla., was divorced for 17 years when he called Nancy H. He had gone the online route but wanted real-world support. Wall, whose fees range from nothing to ,000 a year, depending on her level of involvement, spent nearly two hours discussing what he was looking for.And that’s why some seniors are calling matchmakers and dating coaches to help them make sense of the whole situation.“A surprising number of older people don’t use computers at all, and many who do aren’t comfortable using them for dating sites,” said Judith Gottesman, a geriatric social worker turned matchmaker who works with Jewish singles of all ages along the West Coast.About 90 percent of the estimated 3,000 matchmakers in the United States will work with seniors, though not necessarily exclusively, said Lisa Clampitt, co-founder of the Matchmaking Institute, which trains professional matchmakers.

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