Online dating is now one of the most common ways to meet a partner, and people aged over 50 are becoming regular users of online dating sites.Some dating websites are aimed specifically at older people, so you can feel confident that you won't be out of place.So before you start looking for someone new, think carefully about whether you’re ready for a new relationship.If you’re newly single, this means coming to terms with the end of your previous relationship and giving yourself time to process your feelings.You can put up a photo, write about your interests, and also indicate what type of person you might like to meet.The more information you include, the easier it is for people to see what you are like and whether you might be a good match.Having learned in the previous blog how photograph compositions and studio settings changed over the years, we now look closely at what our forebears are wearing in old photographs.
But the thought of meeting someone new can feel daunting, especially if you’ve spent years, or decades, in the same relationship or been on your own for a long time.
If you’re bereaved, you may need to give yourself a chance to take in what has happened.
See our pages on bereavement for more information about coping with loss.
Some dating websites let you register for free and others may ask for monthly or yearly fees for signing up.
Some will let you sign up for free and create a profile, but then you have to pay the subscription fees to be able to send messages to people.