– – –See the author’s TEDx Talk on Creating Extraordinary Intimacy in a Shut Down World– – –One of the more rewarding things my Partner Jacqueline and I do is speak to cancer survivors and their partners around the country about regaining intimacy in the face of their cancer.Last Wednesday evening I was speaking to such a group in the wonderful town of Blue Ash, Ohio.It’s a dilemma that’s more common than you think when online dating turns into an offline relationship.The funny thing about being in a relationship when you’ve been single for so long is that you go into it having all these preconceived ideas on how you would react to certain dating situations, and you prejudge your future relationships based on your past ones.In the same way you wouldn’t leer over a woman and stand too close to her at a bar, you wouldn’t send a dirty message to a complete stranger online, unless your intention is to freak them out completely.
Most of the time, you ignore them because you’ve been seeing this new romantic interest pretty regularly.
It’s no secret that intimacy and relationships are the most important part of life.
They are crucial throughout our lives, but especially in our latter life for happiness, health and overall well-being.
Unfortunately, finding a partner later in life can be challenging.
Many of the difficulties that we face when approaching love are based on expectations that love ought to be the same as it was during middle-age.
Instead, it is important for older people to define new and authentic modes of intimacy and sexuality, so knowing where to find potential partners is important, and is, interestingly, more accessible than ever before for today’s aging population.