Lonely wives dating
Lonely wives dating
'It's hard to define why we clicked,' says Miriam, 54, 'but perhaps after one marriage and four years of dating, I was better equipped to judge a good man.
'But I had to go through the mill to find happiness.When AARP, the largest membership organisation for the over-50s in the U.S., polled 2,500 single women over 45, myths exploded like fireworks.Counsellor Keren Smedley says: 'So many women say to me that it's lonelier being within a lousy relationship than being on their own.' And it is these women - who have been in unhappy relationships and have chosen to leave them - who often recover more quickly from divorce later in life because the grieving has been done by the time the marriage is finally over.The AARP survey also contradicted the belief that as women get older they want to slow down and get a few more cats.One survey conducted earlier this month, for which 1,000 women were interviewed, emphasised how much more independent women over 50 are compared to their mothers' generation.
Almost half had opted to learn a new skill after reaching 50, with computer courses, a foreign language, cooking and salsa dancing among the most popular.
Or is it possible that modern divorcees, having devoted much of their lives to a man and bringing up kids, prefer the peace of one in a bed to the compromises and quarrels of two?
From the dozens of women I've spoken to, and from surveys here and in the U.
Thirty-one per cent of the women interviewed had since found themselves in an exclusive relationship, 32 per cent were dating non-exclusively and around one in ten had no desire to date at all.
Fourteen per cent said they'd date the right man if he came along, but weren't going to knock themselves out trying to find him.
In just six years, between 20, the Office for National Statistics estimates that the number of divorced women over 45 has jumped by a third.