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Posted on September 29, 2020 by Christine Crosby in cruises, dating, mature, meetings, seniors

7 Ways for Seniors to Safely Meet in 2020

7 Ways for Seniors to Safely Meet in 2020

There are plenty of ways for seniors to safely meet in 2020, besides online dating. After all, a lot of older singles complain about their lack of decent options on mainstream online dating websites. Indeed, many older people also fall victim to romance scams on these platforms. 

Whether you’re looking for the best ways to meet older women or are interested in finding a senior gentleman we can help! In this guide, you’ll discover 7 brilliant ways for seniors to safely meet in 2020 and beyond. 

#1 Social events 

With the world beginning to open up after the coronavirus pandemic, it’s perfectly reasonable to be able to meet a partner at a social event or club. There are websites like Eventbrite, MeetUp, or Facebook Events, which act as fantastic databases for the social events being staged in your local area. So, why not log on to these websites to find an event you’ll enjoy?

There are several good reasons for older singles to do this. First off, it’s a great way to combat loneliness and keep yourself active. Secondly, the people who attend these sorts of events are generally open to meeting new people. Plus, as a bonus, it heightens your chances of meeting a partner who has similar interests to you.

If you live in a big city, it should be easy to find an event surrounding your particular hobbies or passions. If not, perhaps this is your opportunity to start a new hobby that you’ve always wanted to try out.  

Be bold. Be sociable, and you never know who you might meet and spark a connection with. Just make sure to follow any COVID-19 regulations that still exist in your country. 

#2 Your Senior Citizen Center

Most senior citizen centers have evolved way beyond a weekly game of bingo. If you’re lucky enough to live near a good one, you may find there are loads of fun events being staged here, as well as a range of health, fitness, and wellness programs. 

These are designed to be social hubs for older people, so go ahead and attend some of its events. Who knows, you might end up meeting someone who knows the ins and outs of mature dating.

#3 Online groups

If you want to persevere with online dating, choose the best dating websites for older people and follow our guidelines for online dating success. But there are many other alternatives to meeting your ideal partner through an app. 

It’s easier than ever for people to find like-minded singles on the internet. You don’t even have to use dating apps to do it. There are plenty of online groups not related to dating where people can discuss topics that interest them. 

Facebook is a great place to start. It has thousands of groups surrounding general interests, including groups aimed at people based in a certain area. Try typing “making friends” in *city name* for a start.

If you see someone you like the look of in these groups, why not reach out and send them a message?

Just be sure to take note of the dos and don’ts of online dating as a senior. We’d recommend speaking on the phone and exchanging more photos, just so you know who each other really are. 

#4 Yoga classes, group hikes, walking groups

If you like to remain relatively active, there are groups packed with older people who like to do the same. So, go ahead and sign up for a class near you. 

We’ve listed yoga classes, hiking, and walking groups in the heading because these are particularly attractive sports for older singles. If you prefer playing golf, badminton, bowls, aqua-aerobics, or anything else, go ahead and check if there is a club you can sign up to.  

As with local events, you can expect to meet friendly, sociable people who have similar interests. Perfect if you’re seeking older singles!

#5 Cruises or group vacations

While you may think cruises are only for older couples, there are actually plenty of singles who book themselves on these. There are even some cruises marketed specifically towards older singles. 

So, whether you’re retired or able to get some time off work, why not book yourself a holiday like this? If you do, there’s every chance for you to hit it off with an older partner. 

If cruises aren’t your thing, explore another type of holiday. Perhaps a coach tour or a group island getaway. A holiday romance could be about to bloom… 

Do you have friends who can introduce you to someone? 

The toughest thing about senior dating is that there’s a much smaller pool of singles who are your age. However, that doesn’t mean your friends and family don’t know someone who could be a good match for you.

Being set up through mutual friends remains one of the most common ways to meet a partner. A lot of people like it because they trust their friend to recommend a good partner for them. It helps to ease any fears about potentially dating a creepy or weird person. 

So, be proactive about asking your friends if they know anyone they can set you up with. Most of them will be only too happy to help. 

#7 Out and about 

There’s something inherently valuable about being sociable with all the people you come across. Sure, most conversations with strangers won’t transform into deep long-term relationships. A lot of them might not extend beyond an initial greeting.

But it’s still great to put out positive social energy into the world. A simple greeting and comment about the weather can turn into something great. When you do this, you’ll inevitably find people on your wavelength who do want to communicate further. 

If they are single, the fact that you’re such a confident, positive, and social person will most likely draw them to you. When you do feel some chemistry from a random conversation, don’t be afraid to ask if they want to keep in touch. Perhaps they want some company just as much as you do. Never ask, never know! 

The more you put yourself out there, the more likely you will be to stumble across a great person.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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