I’m 72 Years Old. Should I Try an Online Dating Service?

April Braswell

Written by: April Braswell

April Braswell

April Braswell is a senior dating expert, dating coach and professional dating profile writer. She leads dating, relationship and communication skills workshops throughout California.

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Reader Question:
I am 72 years of age, never married and wondering if I should once again try a dating service online. I am a full-time caregiver for my mom who 94 years old. I feel afraid and have doubts.
-Marlane (Pennsylvania)

April Braswell’s Answer:

Dear Marlane,
Good for you for desiring to venture back into dating while being a caretaker. We all have demanding lives. Being a caretaker to your elderly mom as a status should not prevent you from taking care of yourself and your own needs as a woman.
In fact, to avoid a burnout, you still need to give care and attention to your own life as well as your aging parent’s life.
With that said, look into one of the Internet dating sites dedicated to the baby boomers who are dating over 70.
Before you start taking profile photos, first devote some of your time, energy and financial resources to updating and spiffing up your mature single lady image. You want to look attractive and contemporary and eschew a dowdy appearance, which can happen after months of caretaking for another.
Once you’ve spiffed yourself up a bit and are feeling even better about yourself, you might find you want some of my professional help to fully launch yourself online.
You can reach me via my website. In the meantime, read through the wealth of senior dating articles here at DatingAdvice.com and know that you can find the love you seek at any age.
Happy dating and relationships,

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