A recent study looked into why older women — in this case, women in their 60s and 70s — date. Some had lost satisfying relationships because the men wanted to get married but the women didn’t, sometimes because it would hurt them financially and sometimes because they didn’t want to have to care for anyone else anymore.A few things became clear to the researchers early on — the women treasured their independence and craved companionship. In fact, many said they were not interesting in caretaking ever again — they’d been there and done that.All of our students study Science, Math, Social Studies, Civics, and have a double block of Language Arts daily.

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Because men have shorter lifespans, many older men are interested in having a potential caregiver or a “nurse with a purse.” They tend to marry quicker than older women, but it isn’t because older women can’t find a hubby; it’s because women are more likely to be looking for a short-term relationship or a companion, not a husband.

That isn’t true for my three girlfriends, but it’s true for me.

“We’re perpetually fed a line that we’re looking for love in a market that doesn’t value us,” says Marina Adshade, an economics professor in Canada and author of . However, with the gray divorce boom, there are a lot more older people available than ever before.

That said, the dating market for older singles isn’t all that easy. There just aren’t that many available singles our age and the ones who are available are an interesting lot (read Anne Lamott’s funny take of her year on to understand).

He asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend and I thought he was kidding.

Now we're dating and I am so happy I decided to tell him!

She believes — and I agree — that more people need to talk openly about this because all older women hear (and thus believe) is that older men are them from the 50-something dating pool ASAP; I’m not interested in men like that so move along, men, and good luck! As a newly single woman after an eight-plus year relationship, I am curious about what to expect this time, now that I’m 50-something instead of 40-something.

I, too, am not looking for a husband (although I’m not necessarily against marrying), but I most definitely would like a partner — uhh, with conditions.

While there’s no magic potion that can make a boy fall in love with you, you can boost your chances of finding a boyfriend by building your own confidence and meeting lots of different guys.

Once you’ve found a cutie that’s boyfriend material, don’t be afraid to show him you’re interested and ask him to hang out. I had heard rumors that he liked me but I never believed them.

She mentions that she sees no point in her friends dating because it only lasts about one to two months, if that, plus middle-schoolers typically do not marry the people they date.