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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2013
COVER STORY While Cherry thought the kiss goodnight was lovely, Stan spent the following days plotting a ‘chance’ meeting. S tan Fields spent a week hanging out by his garage casually practising his golf shots while waiting for his neighbour Cherry Alty to pass by. Finally, she appeared. But when Stan at 85 asked 74-year-old Cherry out to dinner, her answer took him by surprise. “She told me she had to check her diary!’’ Two years later, a quick check of both their diaries reveals a full social schedule of activities they now enjoy together. “We play golf twice a week and, although I go to Probus dinners with him now, he’s yet to try my Pilates class,” Cherry says. While the couple met under conventional circumstances at their Sydney retirement village, more and more retirees are turning to the internet or dating agencies. Dating agencies Della Cory from dating agency Seniors Contacts has been matching seniors for more than 20 years and has a database of more than 1000 singles, ranging in age from 60 to 85. “I cannot guarantee they’ll find love, but I can certainly guarantee a date or two, something many of them haven’t had since before they were married,” she says. “They have different expectations to younger people. Most are looking for companionship rather than marriage, someone to share a meal or a movie.” Cherry and Stan had a combined total of 95 years of marriage to previous partners when they met and no intention of tying the knot again, a fact they established within just half an hour after being seated together at a fancy dress dinner in 2009. But there was no denying the attraction between Cherry, a vision in pink as golfer Paula Creamer, and Stan, dressed nattily as a fly fisherman. “It was a fantastic evening,” Cherry says. “And to top it off I won the prize for best dress,” Cherry said. “Actually, the real prize was me,” quips Stan. While Cherry thought Stan’s ‘little kiss goodnight’ was “oooh, lovely”, Stan spent the following days plotting his ‘chance’ meeting by the garage. The date was wonderful, but Stan was firmly stopped at Cherry’s door when they said goodnight. “I was too scared, I never thought of having another man in my life,” Cherry explains. “I told him I wanted to keep things platonic.” Just 10 months later they were married. Realising how daunting dating can be for older people who have been out of the loop, sometimes for decades, Della’s » Active RetireesTM | 25 Studio Commercial
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