This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. Whether you're interested in a casual relationship or a long-term one, single adults of any age complain how difficult it is to meet potential partners.
And it can be even harder if you're 55 or older. Maybe you're retired, so you aren't meeting people through work. And you probably don't frequent the bars and music scene as often as you once did. Not that that's the best way to meet people. Or, maybe you just feel like being more of a homebody these days. And therein lies part of the problem. You aren't going to meet anyone sitting at home on your couch. Turn off the television and get out of the house!
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There's so much to do in Santa Cruz and some great organizations, clubs and classes that should fit any interests. I'm married, but I have single friends who clubs, take martial arts classes and participate in all sorts of activities. Romantic relationships have happened for them, and so have cherished friendships. A good place to start is thewhich has classes ranging from art to exercise to computers. You can one of their clubs, and the center organizes trips as well.
Read this Patch article for more details, or visit the center's website. For those of you with artistic flair, the Santa Cruz Art League offers some wonderful classes—watercolor, oils, jewelry—and most accept all levels of experience. If you have happy feet and love to dance, the Palomar Ballroom has a variety of classes that include salsa, swing and ballroom dancing. The ballroom dancing attracts an older crowd; however, dancers from ages 16 to 80 can be found in any of the classes.
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You can go with or without a partner. When my mother took square dancing lessons a few years back, she met some fun people and had a blast. Besides, she looked pretty cute in that short skirt and poofy petticoat! For women, it hosts a monthly informal get together with snacks and sodas.
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The center also hosts luncheons for both men and women. Schwickerath, the center's program coordinator. Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation offers all kinds of classes, but it also organizes some fun excursionssuch as San Francisco Giants baseball, music, museums and shopping. Lots of people are turning to online dating services to find partners.
A friend of mine ed up with one, and after a few hits and misses expect this to happenshe met the man she later married. At first, I was skeptical about online dating. But after seeing how happy these two are, I've realized it can really work, because you're matched with people who have the same interests as yourself. Use caution, though.
For example, meet for the first few times in a public place, such as a coffee shop. We all know sexual relations with the right person can be a wonderful experience, bringing intimacy, joy and love into your life. And with the advent and availability of Viagra, people are enjoying sex well into their golden years. I couldn't find any statistics or personal anecdotes on the maximum age of Viagra users, so we'll just leave it at that.
But seniors need to be just as aware of safe sex as the younger crowd. There's an obvious correlation between the use of Viagra and the rise of senior STDs. And seniors are not protecting themselves; for instance, by using condoms. Young people are bombarded with information about safe sex.
But as Stacey Lindau, an obstetrician and gynecologist at the University of Chicago, stated in the Post-Gazette article, seniors can be at higher risk for STDs because public health education isn't directed at them. She also said seniors are less likely to talk about sex.
Another factor is that seniors don't have the worry of pregnancy that younger people do. If you're concerned that you may have contracted an STD, you should get tested as soon as possible. This can be done at your regular doctor's office or at various clinics throughout the county. STD Express with two locations in Santa Cruz also offers confidential testing with fast in three days or less.
The process is quick, private and "embarrassment free," because the labs do other testing, so, as the company's website says, "no one will know why you're there. Of course, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CMS must conduct months of analysis and research before making that decision. The bottom line: Get out, meet people, have fun. And when the chemistry is right, enjoy each other. But just remember—you're older and wiser now, right?
Practice safe sex.
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