I got married at age 21 without a lot of dating experience or boyfriends. After 43 years of marriage, I was 63 and recently single. I had not dated anyone other than my “ex” since age 18. Most of the older single women I knew had decided to stay happily single and were not interested in dating or changing their lifestyles.

I wanted to make new friends and to explore new relationships and dating. I read the blog “Sixty and Me” and learned about Meet-Ups as excellent places to meet others. I joined a group for single older adults and also a book club, a hiking, and a bicycling group. My…