Lifestyles dating romance study of midlife singles
"Dating was the last thing on my mind." When Barna's longtime partner died last year, she, too, thought her romantic life was over.
"I knew what love was, and not everyone gets that lucky," says Barna, a legal secretary who lives in Olmsted Falls, Ohio.
"I had a great job, a good circle of friends, a lot of interests, and I thought I just wasn't going to settle for something in pants."But love at midlife is full of surprises. The 77,702,865 Americans born between 19 came of age in the era of sex, drugs, and rock and roll.
And while the last two may have lost some appeal over the years, sex and relationships remain front and center as the oldest boomers turn 60 this year.
Diane Barna, 51, had been in a committed relationship with the same man for nearly a quarter of a century.
Joe Germana, 49, had been married to Jane, "the love of my life," for 17 years.
A boost in happiness associated with marriage returns to pre-marriage levels over time, found psychology professor Richard Lucas of Michigan State University.Some midlife newly divorced singles approach the divorce as an opportunity to start over, but with far more knowledge than they had in their 20’s and 30’s, according to “Psychology Today” columnist Pamela Cytrynbaum, in the article, “Can Finding Love After Divorce, Over 40, Be This Great?