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Are There Romances in Senior Living?

It may be the worst-kept secret in the senior living industry: single residents of senior communities like Yuma Senior Living are having romantic relationships with each other. And given the plethora of social activities planned by many senior living providers such as ours – there are limitless opportunities to meet prospective romantic partners. Even single residents of assisted living facilities frequently meet a romantic interest and pair up. But there are also reasons for seniors in communities to be cautious about starting an intimate relationship.

Happy hour, senior prom, dinner-and-a-movie night: senior living communities are creating programs and events that allow single seniors to socialize with one another and offer couple an opportunity to enjoy one another’s company. Admittedly, this senior dating scene can create some awkward drama in the dining hall or when public displays of affection get uncomfortable for bystanders, not to mention the interesting dynamics as caregivers try to keep track of who is with whom.

It is human nature to crave companionships, no matter what age, yet AARP data shows that 45 percent of Americans over the age of 65 are divorced, separated, or widowed. Some older seniors have been widows or divorcees for several decades and thus welcome the company of a partner, whether the relationship is sexual or platonic. Plus, study after study shows that human interaction has many benefits for seniors (whereas loneliness is detrimental to seniors, both mentally and physically), so generally, community staff are often happy to facilitate these love connections.

At Yuma Senior Living, it’s never too late to live your best life. We also offer Independent, Assisted and Memory Care living options, 24-hour on-site care staff and weekly housekeeping in a tranquil and safe environment. Simply give us a call at (928) 388-6858, and our Community Ambassador will schedule an onsite tour at your convenience.


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