Research from Relate shows that 23% of 55 to 65-year-olds have met at least one partner through a dating website or app.
The statistics also reveal that nearly twice the number of men compared with women are getting married in their sixties.
Relate Bedfordshire and Luton CEO Angela Foll says that relationships are important no matter what age you are. “There’s an abundance of evidence indicating that good quality relationships benefit people and are good for your health,” she says. “Many people in their 50s and 60s are finding themselves single again after bereavement and increasingly after divorce. This may seem daunting but age should be no barrier to love and companionship.”
Government statistics show that the number of people getting divorced each year has been falling steadily since the mid-1990s. But the divorce rate among the over 60s has increased significantly in recent years compared to all other age groups.
Online dating is just one of many routes to finding love, says Relate. Retirement presents opportunities to take up new hobbies and meet new people. Relate can provide impartial and non-judgmental support for people of all ages, including individual counselling for people looking for love. Call 01234 356350.