I wasn't looking for an older woman and Karolina wasn't looking for a younger man, but it just happened.

RELATED: Love lessons: Understanding personality types for a happier relationship Fred's first older-woman experience occurred when he was 21 years old and Gretchen was 37. They are both still very close and see each other regularly.

Not only did they have a tremendous friendship as the basis of their relationship, but an extraordinary sex life as well.

It was Fred who visited her on a regular basis and saw to it that she had what she needed during her recuperation. But Marla's flaw seemed to be that she was only five years older—and for Fred, that still wasn't enough to produce the kind of emotional maturity and depth for which he searched. Maybe not all the time, but a lot more often than younger women.

After his relationship with Gretchen ended, Fred tried dating girls in their early twenties. After a year or so of taking a "time-out," Fred met Lynne. Fred's respect and appreciation of older women was clear when he spoke: "The way mature women carry themselves shows they know who they are. They are all-around much more attractive to me."Also, they are much more experienced with life.

He explained, often quite humorously, how ridiculous he felt trying to have meaningful conversation over blaring music at a dance club. You know this is the kind of person who's going to tell you exactly what they want and they are more sure of themselves than the people my age or younger.

His brief experimentation with younger females only reaped endless head games, confusion and immature behavior. They were great friends and then she began to pursue him. Older women are much more well rounded—they know what they feel and why they feel it."I have a preference for women starting at about 10 years older than myself and up.Resolutely, Fred abandoned the "young woman trial period." He knew he liked older women and that was his standard. It's adventurous for both of us, because it's a whole new exciting journey.Younger women just don't allow me to grow in the ways older women do." "My first relationship with an older woman—I was 20 and she was 36—lasted two and a half years.In fact, when I first met her, I didn't know I was attracted to an 'older' woman.I knew she was older than I, but I didn't realize the disparity in age until she told me (which didn't happen until a couple of dates into our relationship).I think younger women are sometimes too focused on starting families and that is rarely an issue with older women. They are not just looking for guys who will be good fathers and providers. I enjoy a confident attitude and older women definitely have the upper hand in that area.""When I meet a woman over 30, she's usually very clear and focused.