Without this preparedness to open up, trust and relationships cannot develop.Knowing our boundaries between disclosure and exposure is important.
Dating in later life can be fun too, when we have the freedom from the responsibility of raising a family.
At this stage of life we may be more open to cross social, class, religious and ethnic boundaries in our choice of potential partner.
Just because you share a mutual friend or enjoy the same activities does not mean you can put your complete trust in that person.
At the same time, entering into a new relationship requires that we share with others who we are, what we like, how we spend our lives.
Whether to date, and when to date is a personal choice and timing is important.
The most common way of meeting people is through friends.
Research different options such as specialist interest groups, introduction agencies and on-line dating to help you decide which methods you might use and how much resource (time, money, effort) you will put into it.
In later life we may find romance, a soul mate, or we may find a special friend who provides support, companionship, and understanding.
Take time to get over the end of a previous relationship.
On the other hand don’t make assumptions that you won’t have another fulfilling relationship.
Physical attraction is not always the top priority.