If you’ve spent any time dating, you know it can be challenging.
Whether you’re looking for a serious romantic relationship or long-term companionship, finding the right person for you can take a lot of time, unless you’re very lucky.
On this site we provide many of the tools you need to help you get into the kind of relationship you want.
We write articles and ebooks with dating advice, tips and strategies. And, from time to time, we recommend other providers that we feel will help you date better or improve your life.
You’ll find below just some of the resources you should consider using.
We’ll add to this list, as we find other valuable resources, so check back regularly.
Mature Dating Resources
Online Dating and Meeting Sites
We write a lot about using online dating sites here because we know they work. The two of us (Daisy and Cosmo) met this way and we never would have connected otherwise, even though we had been living across the street from each other for 7 years!
Using dating sites typically means you’ll have more dates than if you rely on referrals from friends and family, or randomly meeting potential dates. More dates means opening yourself to more opportunities to find the right person for you . . . whether you’re looking for true love and romance, casual dating, quick hook-ups or just companionship.
There are hundreds of sites to choose from. We’ve compiled the best of the ones that either focus exclusively on dating for people over 50, or have a large number of senior members:
eHarmony (Our readers’ favorite dating site)
Considered by many as THE place if you’re looking for a serious relationship and/or marriage, eHarmony’s matching system is based on 32 dimensions of compatibility that they’ve found in successful relationships.
If you’re looking for one night stands or casual relationships, this may not be the place for you.
Their guarantee: If you join for 3 months and communicate with at least 5 members and you’re not satisfied, they’ll refund your money.
With more than 50,000 new sign-ups per week and around 2,000 matches per month, SilverSingles is considered one of the best online dating sites for romance, adventure and love for people over 50.
AgeMatch is specifically designed for older men dating younger women and older women dating younger men.
You know the stereotype “Older men only want to date women 20 or 30 years younger than they are.” But many older women do the same thing. They prefer dating men who are much younger than they are.
When two people click on enough of the important things, your age difference shouldn’t matter.
Life is short. Go for what you really want. Connect with hundreds of thousands of singles like you now.
SeniorMatch is a great platform to meet activity partners, travel companions, a new friend, your dream lover or your soulmate. They cover a lot of bases:
- Dating and relationships
- Travel mates
- Activity partners
They don’t allow people under 40 to become members, so they maintain a consistent age range dedicated specifically to mature members.
Zoosk boasts more than 40 million members worldwide so it’s custom-made for people who want to connect internationally, because they’re either planning to move to another country or travel a lot. But it’s also good for local dating.
Their behavioral matchmaking technology uses big data insights from their vast membership base to provide users with highly accurate and tailored matches, all in real time.
And the site is easy to use. In about 10 minutes or so you can be registered and create a profile with the basic necessary info.
EliteSingles is for singles interested in culture, the environment, politics, etc. They claim that 70% of their members have at least a bachelor’s degree and are successful professionals.
One of the pluses on this site: They send you 3-7 senior single matches every day to pick from, instead of bombarding you with more than you can handle.
Launched in 1997, Jdate is considered the premier Jewish dating site. They have the largest community of Jewish singles looking to date other Jewish singles near them and boast that they’re responsible for more Jewish marriages than all other online dating sites combined.
A few things that set them apart:
- Their easy profile creation process
- Each profile is reviewed by their customer care team
- Their U.S.-based customer care team is available seven days a week
With membership at 16 million Christian singles and growing, Christian Mingle is one of the most popular Christian online dating sites. The site contains thousands of positive reviews from happy couples sharing their experiences.
One interesting feature is their LookBook. If you find a profile of someone who looks like a good match, you can post a heart on their profile. If they “heart” you back, you’ll be notified and can take things from there.
Launched in 1999, ChristianCafe has become the dating site of choice for millions of Christian singles worldwide.
Membership includes divorced and widowed people and is independently Christian-owned, They have a track record of 25,000 marriages and the site features more than 3,000 testimonials from happy couples sharing their experiences with the platform.
You can try the service free, without obligation, for 10 days (7 days plus an additional 3 for posting a photo). During the free trial, you can create a dating profile and communicate free using on-site email.
Launched in 1999 as SaintRaphael.net, CatholicMatch is the world’s largest online dating site exclusively for Catholics.
The site is endorsed by many Catholic leaders, some of whom met their own spouses on the site.
They aim to help single Catholics meet others for faith-focused dating leading to sacramental marriage. They also provide support and education to date more purposefully.
Dating Profile Photo Touchup Service
You should have several photos on your online dating profiles, but take a close look at your headshot, in particular.
You want this photo to clearly show your face in a warm, engaging way.
It should be a recent photo of you, which you can take with your smartphone. It’s best to have someone take the picture of you, instead of doing a selfie.
If you like things about the photo, but it’s blurry, the background is distracting, or it has other issues, don’t despair.
Send your photo to The Headshot Wizard.
They’ll adjust the lighting, brighten skin and eyes and remove blemishes and facial shine as required. Special retouching requests can also be made. And they do it all in a quick turnaround and at a very reasonable price. (You can see before and after headshots on their website.)
Daisy has used this service and we both highly recommend it.
[On their website, it looks like they only do LinkedIn profile photos. Don’t be concerned. They’ve promised us that their service works just as brilliantly for dating site profile photos.]
Groups for Hobbies and Activities
Are you looking to get together with others for hobbies and other activities?
Millions of people use Meetup to pursue a passion, share a hobby, learn something new, champion a cause, and explore an interest with others through groups and events.
Start a Meetup group to make new friends and gather around the topics or hobbies you love. Have some fun and grow with new people!
Dating Safety and Privacy
When you’re dating, it’s not a good idea to give out your phone number to everyone you connect with. It’s safer to wait until you know people at least a little. At the beginning, they’re strangers to you, especially if you’ve met them through a dating site.
But you DO want to be able to talk and text with people without worrying about your safety and privacy.
Protect yourself and get a separate phone number just for dating. Hushed makes it safe and easy to chat with matches without disclosing your real phone number.
Spruce Up Your Look with Stylish Eyeglasses
If you’re like most people over 60, you wear prescription glasses.
You know how expensive they can be at your local optician. So you may not be able to afford to buy a new pair very often. You’re stuck wearing eyeglasses and sunglasses that aren’t fashionable, or fit the way you want to present yourself.
But if you purchase them online at eyeglasses.com, you’ll pay about 50% less than average retail.
Here are some other benefits:
- A massive collection of 380 brands to choose from (with more than 200,000 styles) including names like Gucci, Versace, Kate Spade, Prada, Ray-Ban, Coach, Armani and many more
- High-quality U.S. made lenses with their Perfect Prescription Lenses Guarantee
- Their Virtual Try On VTO system patented in 2003
- Replacement lenses for glasses you already own
- An easy 30-day return policy, with no re-stocking fee
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