Friday, February 25, 2011

CAN ONE FIND LOVE AT ANY AGE?

In the spirit of Valentine's Day this month, I was inspired to write about senior love and pose the question - can one find love at any age?

I work at Beatitudes Campus, a Continuing Care Retirement Community, which has a resident-run Writer's Group. Each month they produce a publication called the Roadrunner Extra! This month, the theme of their publication was senior love and it featured several resident stories about how these older adults had found a new love relationship (and even got engaged!) in their later years.

One couple met at a square dance and they've been traveling together for years. Another shared how they literally "fell for each other" when they both had a fall after eating dinner one night, but the unfortunate event brought them closer together.

A very special romance "blossomed" when two members of the Community Garden Club had admired each other from afar and then learned how they felt about each other - they will be married in the garden this April! And two residents, who had been working together on the Roadrunner Extra!, found themselves in a serendipitous new love relationship.

Regardless of whether a senior is widowed, divorced or never married, I believe one can find love at any age! And these new relationships can provide not only companionship, but can also provide a better quality of life for both men and women during this stage of life.
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Christie Munson, CSA, lives and works in Phoenix, AZ and is the Communications Manager for a retirement community and a Professional Organizer, specializing in senior services. She can be contacted via email at simplify-life@cox.net.