There is a 70-year-old virgin in the news lately. Pam Shaw is looking for a man to deflower her. She says she has been too busy working all of her life to find a man and since she does not believe in sex before marriage, she’s remained a virgin. “Now’s the time. I’m ready to take the plunge for the right bloke," she says. "My standards are still very high, though. I’m hoping to bag a tall, dark and handsome millionaire." Is their hope for Pam? Is there an expiration date on love? I can just picture Pam getting a realtiy show out of this.
Some people subscribe to the idea that dating is for young people. Let me assure you that could not be further from the truth. Love has no age limit! A friend of mine met her finance at the age of 57. She had been married for 30 years, then her husband died. She eventually decided that she didn’t want to be alone, so she went on match.com and met a great guy while in her early 50’s. They had a 3-year relationship with him, then when that didn’t work out, she went back online and met her current fiance. He is a wonderful man and they couldn’t be happier together.
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I have also matched an 86-year-old male client after his wife passed away to a wonderful woman, and they are happy as clams. He is quite wealthy and they enjoy an amazing lifestyle of travel and enjoying life. Sure, it’s more challenging to find someone with whom you can really get along with after a certain age, but there is no reason to believe that there is an age limit on love or companionship. Stay active, curious, keep your look current, try to stay out of the larger sizes and you can catch a man’s eye at any age.
Consider these numbers: There are 96 million single adults in the United States. There are enough singles to go around for all of us!
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Given that there is so much competition out there, we are all beginning to take better care of ourselves. Our perceptions of what we can and cannot do are changing as well. More “older” women are out there hiking, biking, getting their black belts in karate, spinning, boxing and mountain climbing. And more “older” men are not afraid to be fit and, yes, even sensitive!
I urge my clients and readers to keep an open mind: Try not to judge a person by a number -- you might be pleasantly surprised! Each age has it’s own special joys and experiences, so capitalize on those. We are always the perfect age for where we are in life, most especially if we truly want to find a partner.