The Men on Dating Sites Look Old. How Do I Meet Someone?

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Written by: Dr. Wendy Walsh

Dr. Wendy Walsh

Known as America's Relationship Expert, Dr. Wendy Walsh is an award-winning television journalist, radio host & podcaster, and the author of three books on relationships and thousands of print and digital articles. More than 1.5 million people follow her sage advice on social media. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and teaches in the Psychology Department at California State University Channel Islands and has been the host of "The Dr. Wendy Walsh Show" on iHeart Radio's KFI AM 640 since 2015. Walsh is also a former Emmy-nominated co-host of "The Doctors," as well as former host of the nationally syndicated show "EXTRA." She was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2017 after speaking out about harassment at a major news network.

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Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Reader Question:

I am a very “young” 69-year-old woman. I do not look, feel or act my age. I have been on a dating site, but the men all look so old! I was in a relationship with someone who was 56 and I was 68. We had a great time, but he was still hung up on his ex-wife.

How do I go about meeting someone?

-Janet (Ohio)

Dr. Wendy Walsh’s Answer:

Dear Janet,

You have two choices:

1. Send online invitations to men who look younger.

2. Analyze why you reject men who look their age. Might they remind you of yours?

I always ask people who have a youthful look and energy level: Are you pursuing health or denying age? There’s a subtle difference.

We all get old and wise and we all must learn to accept our bodies can’t do exactly what they did in prior decades.

But there are amazing gifts that come with someone who has grown up and is thriving in their role as elder guardian of the culture.

And since all relationships are about a mutual exchange of care, in this stage of life, it’s more important than ever to choose someone who can give care.

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