"So we decided to try something new: speed dating for older adults." Speed dating has been around since the late 1980s.
It typically takes the form of an organized event where a group of men and women rotate between tables and meet each other over a series of three- to eight-minute "dates" during which they converse, ask questions and learn about each other.
There were more than 40 million Americans over 65 in 2011, according to the U. Administration on Aging, an 18% increase from 2000.
The administration also reported the number of Americans age 45-64 rose by 33% from 2000-2011.
Bowling Green State University professors of gerontology, Dr. The study authors also delved into the question of which features make a dating site a good fit for seniors.
Charlie Stelle, have been researching the landscape and found that people over 60 represent the most rapidly growing demographic in online dating.
A large number of these Americans are single, with 55% of women and 28% men over 65 stating they were unmarried.
The senior population has steadily increased with each passing year.
John De Lamater, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has studied the subject of senior relationships, notes that the age group is "rapidly growing" and is expected to double over the next 15 years or so.
At the end of each interval, the organizer signals the participants to move on to the next date.
Participants complete confidential rating sheets for each date, saying who they like and, most importantly, who may receive their contact information.
De Lamater said not only can women expect to live nearly 10 years longer than men, they often marry older men.
Between the possibility of a partner passing away and the odds of a divorce, De Lamater said it's becoming more and more common for people to be left behind later in life.