Users who create a profile can suggest ideas for dates in their area.
Allowing seniors to come up with fun activities is "a much more natural, organic way to get an idea of somebody's personality than a static, one-dimensional profile," says Erin Scottberg, media director for How About
Alternatively, users can browse others on the site by looking for people with certain physical attributes or personality traits.
For the latter group, AARP has teamed up with a website that may make their quest for romance a bit easier.
The organization has partnered with How About We.com, a site that takes a new spin on the concept of online dating.
" or "How about we get some tea and do the crossword like an old married couple?
" Food seems to be at the top of the list for senior date ideas, AARP points out.
It's easy to see how such ideas fit into the active lifestyle enjoyed by so many members of the 55 and older generation.
It's free to create a profile and upload pictures, and the service also offers a mobile app for older adults who use a smartphone.But many older singles -- some of whom have already been down the aisle -- aren't looking to exchange their single status for a band of gold."We are not aiming for great changes in the second half of life, but looking for fulfillment in who we are now," says Sharon Romm, a Seattle-based psychiatrist and author of "Dating After 50: Negotiating the Minefields of Midlife Romance." "Not everyone wants another marriage.Jacobowitz, author of "150 Most-Asked Questions About Midlife Sex, Love, and Intimacy." "We're all living longer, so our needs to relate sexually are lasting longer." But older Americans who are sexually active face health issues, too. The NIA doesn't break down transmission rates among this demographic -- for example, through drug use, heterosexual or homosexual contact -- but the institute does point out that older adults in general tend to know less than younger Americans about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and the necessity of using condoms.• Although HIV/AIDS is a threat to Americans of all ages, about 19 percent of Americans infected with HIV/AIDS are 50 or older, according to the U. They are also less likely to be tested for the disease. Both men and women may find that it takes longer to become aroused as they grow older, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)."If you have a life that you like and things you want to do and interests to pursue, maybe you don't want to sacrifice some of those priorities in order to be someone else's soul mate." This sentiment doesn't just apply to confirmed bachelors, either.