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  Love After 55
 
Love After 55
        Finding—or staying—in love after age 55 has its challenges. To help our members and the community learn how to cope with these challenges, Inter Valley Health Plan has designed classes and events concentrating on online dating and love after 55. This past summer a Senior Dating Conference focused on Finding the Love of Your Life or the Life You Love, was presented to over 500 people.
 
Couple Hugging
        Either widowedor divorced, statistics show that in both situations, seniors still desire companionship. Many factors contribute to the increase of seniors remarrying or starting new relationships.
        Due to advances in healthcare, people live longer and with more vitality. They seek the companionship that can combat loneliness as well as give them a sense of self worth and purpose to their daily lives.
        According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Aging, there are more than 40 million people above the age of 65. Over 12 percent of this demographic are divorced, separated or without a spouse. Inter Valley recognizes the importance of this component in the aging process and is a leader in helping our members and Medicare eligible friends to— find the love of their life or the life they love.

 
         One of the rapidly growing dating trends for seniors is online dating. According to Online Dating Magazine, "The senior market is the fastest-growing group of subscribers to online dating sites…over the past five years." Just ten years ago, the younger generation dominated the use of online dating as an alternative way to meet like-minded companions. Now, seniors find that online dating sites are a non-intrusive way to look for prospective partners. They can search for likely candidates based on their requirements, such as: physical appearance, income level, age, occupation, goals and interests.
 
        This medium gives seniors a way to identify common interests with prospective companions before meeting in person. While online dating is a growing trend among seniors, you should keep in mind that caution must always be foremost. Be just as careful as you would be when meeting a potential partner through a friend or at a public event.
 
  Safety First: Safety Tips for Using Online Dating sites

Never send money to  someone you meet online; especially a wire transfer.

Always Guard your Identity. Never share your personal information on your profile, such as: full name, social security number, address, email address, phone number or place of employment.

Take advantage of the dating site’s email application until you feel comfortable. This onsite email feature protects your identity.

Trust your instincts. Cease communication immediately if someone makes you feel unsafe or threatened. In fact, report them to the site.

Read the dating site’s privacy protection clause before signing-up. Learn how to report violators of the terms of the site.

 

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