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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Feb-March 2013
particularly for retirees who are targeted by many social outlets.” It is also an opportunity to base a relationship on something more substantial than hormones. “In some ways it’s lovely in your more mature years not to have the hormones driving the relationship and have the attraction maintained by what you have in common instead,” Lyn says. “Of course the sex drive can still be there, and that’s great, we all want closeness and intimacy as much as anybody at any age does. But it’s more liberating when the higher priority is for companionship and shared interests, rather than hopping into bed.” Clubs like Probus are excellent for social networking. “So rather than focus on just finding a relationship, just get connected,” Lyn says. “The more socially connected you are, the more mentally alert and happy you are, and that vibrant, healthy state will open you up to attract a good relationship.“ Go online Easier said than done, of course. Pursuing other interests and developing a mixed social network was difficult for time-poor nurse Rosie Debello, 62, who met her 75-year-old husband, Adolfo, online. “Adolfo lived in Sydney and I lived in Tasmania, and we met on the dating site eHarmony,’’ Rosie says. “After chatting online for a couple of months Adolfo came down to see me and the second time he visited he asked me to marry him. I packed up, moved to Sydney and married him.” Rosie was coerced into going online by an enthusiastic friend and Adolfo was her second date after a disastrous outing with ‘a real creep’. “Unless you have other interests, you don’t meet anybody and I wasn’t meeting anyone at work,’’ she says. » ōĈparticularly for retirees who are targeted by many social outlets.” It is also an opportunity to base a relationship on something more substantial than hormones. “In some wa the hor Studio Commercial
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