The Rules of Dating Over 50

Anonymity and a slow build can help you
avoid repeating past mistakes.

by Lynn G. Coleman

Many single baby boomers want to find a soul mate
but are reluctant to start dating, for various reasons.
Sometimes it’s shyness or lack of self-confidence but, in many cases, it’s because we’ve
made mistakes in the past and are afraid of repeating them.

Without getting into abusive relationships, it does seem that we are attracted to certain
personality types over and over: the bad boys, the cheaters, the lovable ne’er-do-wells.
Many books have been written about avoiding undesirable mates, yet it almost seems as if
they pick us, rather than the other way around.

In reality, when attraction is mutual, it’s most often because the two people complement
one another in some way. People who are dominant, for example, usually fit better with
people who are submissive. But that doesn’t mean the dominant person has to be a
controller and the submissive person a doormat. There
are shades in between.

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Relationships Over 50
The Sandwich

Are you feeling the squeeze of
caring for aging parents and
children still at home? You’re
not alone. Many baby boomers
are now classified as part of the
Sandwich Generation.

CBS News defines the term
Sandwich Generation and
discusses the growth of
support groups specifically
targeting this group.  

This sandwiched boomer offers
coping tips.
The Over-50 Resource

Grandparenting Over 50

Many boomers are grandparents now, and
enjoying the experience immensely. It's
like getting a second chance at parenting
without all the pressure. Plus, the kids
eventually go home. offers online resources
for grandparents, including gift ideas,
activities, articles, and humor

Grandboomers has news and features
about baby-boomer grandparents.

The Open Directory Project has thousand
of links related to grandparenting.

AARP offers help to grandparents raising
their own grandchildren.

Nana's Corner has tips and tricks for staying
tight with the grandkids.

Over 50

Advice for
parents over 50
and for midlife

What to do when
grown children become

Empty Nesters

Empty Nest Support features
live chat, message boards,
articles, polls, a newsletter and

Relationship expert Marty
Friedman sheds some light on
the feelings that emerge when
baby boomer chicks
fly the coop.

Confessions of an Empty

How will being an empty nester
affect you?  Take this iVillage

What happens to
the marriage?

and Wives

Secrets of
happy couples.

Super-happy couples
five things
every day.

Divorce after age 50.

shacking up.

How to make a
marriage last.
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