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  1. Internet dating can work in your 50s, Karen shares her story

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    Article by Fabafterfifty How easy is it to meet someone in your 50s? Well, we’re happy to share a success story, where Karen in her 50s, tried internet dating and it worked for her, resulting in a happy marriage to John. Fabafterfifty asked Karen about her experience of online dating. Karen,  how long were you single? o About 3 years Had you tried dating generally before dating via the internet? o Yes.  What prompted you to try online dating? o Various friends had tried it and it seemed to be the “in” thing so I thought it was worth a go.  How would you describe your experience? o Interesting! I was amazed at the number of contacts one gets and the huge array of men – age, background, location, some of them were so interesting...
  2. Julia Macmillan: Fabafterfifty’s new dating expert

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    Article by Fabafterfifty It all started as a bit of a joke but the success of UK website Toyboywarehouse.com is no laughing matter as it prepares to go international. London artist and entrepreneur Julia Macmillan was getting bored with online dating so she set out to create a website that allowed her and thousands of other women to find, flirt and possibly create a future with younger men. The website, challenging the belief that the man should be older than the woman in a relationship hit the ground running with more than 700 people waiting to sign up as the site went live. Four years and 28,000 members later the website is being revamped for its international launch. In the beginning Julia couldn’t find a dating website she liked. She felt that the process...
  3. Kissing the Frog

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    Article by Jackie Walker Many moons ago I read the most glorious post  and followed up with one of my own in which I explored the concept of reversing the adage of kissing the frog which turns into a prince. I was grateful to a friend earlier this week for pointing me in the direction of a Daily Mail article which reported on a study suggesting that women will kiss 22 men, be in 4 relationships and have 5 broken hearts before they find Mr Right.  I’m no mathematician but if you’ve had 4 relationships, who provided the 5th broken heart – perhaps your teddy bear, primary school teacher or pop idol? My belief is that, we kiss many princes/esses who turn into frogs! Each person in their own right is...
  4. Internet dating over 50 the Dos and Donts

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     Louise Northwood Internet dating can be daunting at any age, but perhaps even more so over fifty if you are returning to dating or uncomfortable with the internet approach. Finding your partner online used to smack of desperation or worse sleaze, with more and more internet sites popping up daily internet dating is big business and an accepted part of today’s society. For every ten horror stories we hear there is one beautiful tale of romance flourishing from their fingertips. I know three brilliant couples in their fifties who have met and married after meeting on dating sites and clicking. Internet dating can be fun Internet dating is amazing fun, there are literally millions of users online at any time and you have the chance to talk to someone from virtually anywhere in the world. Internet dating is...
  5. STIs don’t care about grey hair and wrinkles

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    Article by Fabafterfifty The sexual health charity FPA has warned of rising sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates and poor sexual health in groups of men and women aged over 50. This is going unnoticed, says FPA, because despite the over 50s being sexually active and starting new sexual relationships, campaigns and services are only targeted at the young. Almost 13,000 men and women over the age of 45 were diagnosed with an STI in 2009, double the numbers in 2000. Last year more men over 45 got genital herpes than 16–19 year old men and over 5,000 men and women over 45 were diagnosed with genital warts in 2009 alone. Chlamydia diagnosis in women has also gone up 95% in nine years. And calls to the FPA helpline have shot up...
  6. Toyboy or Old Romantic- Which would You Prefer?

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    Article by Fabafterfifty The Age of Romance. When it comes to dating and romance have our ‘on screen’ role models helped us to be more romantic that our younger counterparts? Perhaps the younger generation are missing out in the romance stakes as the bid to be equal in all areas of life may lead to a less chivalrous attitude to dating and relationships. An interesting find in the recent LoveGeist report is that, in general, the older a dater, the more romantic they are – the data points to a strong upwards curve in scores. We would argue that this is down, at least in part, to the upbringing of older daters, who would have been taught, by their own parents, by films and TV, perhaps even...
  7. Marriage Second Time Around and your Finances

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    by Sarah Pennells It may be a second marriage for one or both of you, but it’s still the start of a new life together. This time round you’re a little older and a lot wiser; you know yourself better and understand where you’re prepared to compromise and where you won’t. You’re also likely to be wealthier in your own right and that means you have to think about how getting married may affect your finances. Sorting Out Your Will if you Remarry Many people put off sorting out a will but it’s vital that you draw up a new one if you remarry. Many people – wrongly – believe that divorce invalidates a will. It doesn’t, but getting married does. If you already have a will: if your will...
  8. No Need to Accept a Single Life over 50

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    Article by Fabafterfifty  The LoveGeist Report findings show that humans are living longer, healthier lives than ever before – the current average life expectancy for men is 79 and for women is 82. By 2029, around the time that many of today’s younger daters will be starting to enter their mature years, we expect to see a sharp jump in life expectancy, to 82 for men and 86 for women thanks to medical and scientific improvements. And as the Future Foundation trend Ageless Society explores, this change is not just about living for longer – it is about working for longer, feeling (and, thanks to science, looking) younger, being in better health and more active as a result, having higher expectations, rejecting being regarded as elderly and so much...
  9. The Real Cougar Woman

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     Article by Linda Franklin  Linda Franklin, founder of therealcougarwoman.com, debunks the top five myths about older women who love younger men. Cougars are getting a bum rap – but you don’t need me to tell you that. The media is having a field day portraying women over 40 as predators with only one thing on their minds – prowling for “Grade A” choice beef. Of course, this cartoon characterization was undoubtedly conceived by some immature male in the midst of a juicy, X-rated fantasy – but too many people are buying into the hype and believing it’s true. There are so many myths circulating about cougars, and there is nothing I enjoy more than debunking them. Haven’t we worked too hard and busted through too many glass ceilings to sit quietly by? In...
  10. Looking for Mr Darcy (Winking at You)

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    Article by Penny Thornton I am in serious danger of becoming smug. There, I just caught sight of myself reflected in the clock face on my desk, a little self-satisfied smirk: I’m all right, Jack. And why? I have realized how wonderful it is to be married. Now, before you run away with the idea that I have the perfect marriage – I don’t – but I have had a taste of what it is like to be single and searching, and in your fifties. And it’s not for sissies. I have just spent six weeks with my friend, Laura, in Phoenix, Arizona. Laura’s husband, Matt, died eighteen months ago from a massive heart attack. She was there when it happened at three in...
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