Focus on the Family

The Challenges of Dating Later in Life

by Shana Schutte

Jenna, Elisabeth, John and Suzanne all thought they would have found Mr. or Mrs. Right years earlier, but life didn't turn out the way they planned. By now, these thirty- and forty-somethings have all been playing the dating game a lot longer than they'd care to admit.

But first let's set the record straight: This group may feel frustrated with their dating choices, but they're still a happy, emotionally well-adjusted bunch who all want to marry. What's more, they have good jobs, attend church regularly and are responsible, civic-minded citizens. Still, their marital status begs each one to confront the one maddeningly elusive question: Why haven't I found my true love?

Any dating newbie can find the suggestions we want to share with you in this series of articles applicable, but we're especially wanting single adults who have been around the dating block a few times to sit up and take notice.

Remember Jenna, Elisabeth, John and Suzanne? See if their dating bios and circumstances resonate with you:

Do you feel like you've turned a corner in your dating life, like Jenna and Elisabeth? Or, like John and Suzanne, are you struggling to find peace in your marital status? Perhaps you're experiencing other dating-related struggles, like feeling concerned about growing older without a mate. Maybe you're wondering how you can become more interesting and attractive to men and women now.

Dating is tough at any age, so we'd like to help. While we may not be able to make your marital dreams come true, we can give you the next best thing: encouragement, guidance and suggestions to help make your dating life a little easier.