Love in Later Life

‘Love in Later Life’ on BBC local radio

Love in Later Life LogoIf you feel shy about to dating or perhaps you’re divorced or widowed and looking for love again, then this was the series for you. This week, BBC local radio has been running inspirational stories of love in later life. If you’ve missed it, catch up on highlights on iPlayer.

Across English local radio stations the programmes have been taking the temperature of their listener’s love lives, finding out if they are really spending their savings on dating sites and trying to look good for new partners, and Simon Bates brought his iconic Our Tune right up to date sharing more real life love stories.

The BBC commissioned exclusive analysis from Mintel on the dating market which reveals how online dating and apps are bringing a spark of romance as we get older. Of those interviewed by Mintel, as many as one in five of 55-64 year olds have met a new partner or dated through a dating website or app.

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Photo thanks to Alan Cleaver

The research highlights the growing acceptance of online dating amongst older consumers with only one in five saying it isn’t for their age group compared to nearly half five years ago. For Caroline, 55, on-line dating has helped her feel empowered and attractive again after her recent split with her partner of 25 years and father of her two children. As well as the usual dating websites she explored some of what she describes as the ‘naughtier’ sites and says: “On-line dating was a really rewarding and liberating experience – and I met some really nice men”. She now feels ready to look for a new relationship.

Another women, Midge, admits to having fallen ‘madly in love like a teenager’ at 50 after meeting her new partner Geoff through a common interest, cycling, whilst John met his much younger partner Angela at a club. Research shows that, rather surprisingly, nearly a third of 55-64 year olds meet in a club or a bar with another third meeting through family or friends.

For more of the ups and down on Love in Later Life, follow BBC Local Radio on Facebook and twitter #loveinlaterlife. And let’s not forget those like Pauline, who are happy being single and living on their own. “I like to be able to come home from work and shut the door and do what I want.”

Follow this link for our series on on-line dating.