Speed dating for senior citizens
It tells a story of ageless yearnings amid oxygen tanks and creaky joints.And, like any good reality show, it involves raw emotional drama and comedic touches – the stuff of speed dating. Try thinking back to high school dances – then add steroids.Speed dating, for those who haven’t been single and looking during the past two decades or so, is a formalized matchmaking process during which two people sit together for a limited amount of time, usually about five minutes, to chat, learn about one another and then decide whether they’re interested in getting together at a later date. For older adults looking for companionship, speed dating offers a way to meet up to a dozen new people quickly and without commitment in a safe, controlled environment.It’s only recently, however, that seniors have gotten into the game, in part because of the release of the documentary “The Age of Love,” directed by filmmaker Steven Loring.(Brittany Greeson/San Antonio Express-News via AP) MAGS OUT ...more SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Dating at any age can be stressful, exhausting, even hazardous to one’s self-esteem.To help right this imbalance, some seniors are borrowing a strategy from younger generations and trying speed dating in hopes of again feeling that spark of attraction.“It’s hard meeting a man who’s single,” said Sandy Camero, 69, who attended a recent event at the Igo Branch Library designed for seniors who wanted to meet new people.“They’re either too old and don’t ever want to do anything, or, if they’re my age, they’re looking for someone younger.”While we as a society often obsess over the physical needs of the elderly, we rarely talk about the emotional desires for friendship, intimacy, even love and sex that don’t evaporate upon receipt of an AARP membership card.“You’ll hear a family say, ‘But we fill grandma’s time,’” said Kelley Kelch, who leads the Older Adult Ministry at Oak Hills Presbyterian Church. But no one wants to talk about the other needs grandma might have.”In addition to her church position, Kelch has hosted two senior speed dating events designed to help folks ages 65 to 85 meet one another for companionship.
Regardless of an event's theme (or lack thereof as most of our events are unthemed speed dating events), Pre-Dating does not exclude people interested in attending a particular event who do not fit into the event theme, although it does reserve the right to limit attendance in order to ensure a quality experience for others attending an event especially those that may have a particular expectation of who will be attending.holds a variety of themed/specific interest speed dating events including Senior speed dating events in some, but not all of the cities we serve.The actual schedule of these and other themed speed dating events varies as well and is determined by market demand and our ability to ensure a relatively close gender balance.At our African American Speed Dating Events, you'll meet up to a dozen other black single professionals in your age group through a series of six minute "pre-dates" at a local upscale restaurant or bar.
We facilitate the whole thing so there's no awkwardness, no pressure, no embarrassment and no games..great fun! Check our Scheduled Events Page for a list of cities and events.
It is a formalized process in which the participants are broken up into pairs and rotate partners every 3-8 minutes (depending on the event).