Dating in your late forties

The healthier, harder working and simply younger-seeming face of middle age and senior men and women is something worth acknowledging.

And a generation that refuses to take on the stigmas of old age and give up vital aspects of themselves in the process? One of the worst of these stigmas is that a person can be "too old to fall in love." The 2009 census showed that of the 96 million Americans who are single, 17 percent of them are over 65.

This meant I spent many a sociable hour at perfectly nice dinners with couples, but at the cost of being out at the places where single people tend to flock.

You enjoy these things, but you also realise that it’s been a LONG time since you even met a NEW guy, let alone a great one.

You worked hard through your twenties to build some kind of meaningful work.

It’s taken a while to get your act together, but now you’re able to objectively look at your life and feel quite pleased with what you’ve made of yourself.

Quick as a flash, from the age of 25 onwards you started to see more and more friends announcing engagements on Facebook. early babies (at least, it seems that way to the rest of us who can’t even imagine being married yet).

Now you’re listening to your former single friends talk about first mortgages and building their nest with their family, and you’re wondering how you’re going to meet a guy when being “out on the social scene” has suddenly become the last priority on all your friends’ minds.

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