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Dilemma: at 60 is it too late for me to find love?

Katharine Whitehorn / 11 May 2016

A lonely reader wonders whether there is still time for her to find love again.

Lonely mature woman
A reader worries that she won't find love again

Dilemma: am I too old to find love again?

I am 60 years old and my dear companion passed away two years ago; he was 16 years older than me and came from southern Europe. 

I loved his kind way and his wisdom – he changed me as a person. 

I would like to start dating again and meet someone who has the same characteristics, being family oriented and the like. 

Could I find someone – perhaps someone who has been widowed – or am I seeking the impossible at my age? At 60 is it too late to be dating, or might I still find love?

Katharine Whitehorn's advice

Certainly you aren’t seeking the impossible; widows considerably older than that find new partners, I assure you. But it may not be immediately easy. 

One way is to advertise in a paper or magazine that you read yourself – you’ve a better chance of finding a like-minded partner than if you simply try magazines that men read. You could also try online dating - there is Join Saga Dating today, for example. 

So many people these days do find loving partners this way, but be prepared for it to take time – and, of course, always arrange to meet anyone you don’t know in a public place and tell someone where you are going.

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The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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