Dating among older adults

About seven-in-ten (69%) people do not agree with that notion; only 28% do.

Among those who do agree, men (31%) are slightly more likely to do so than women (26%).

"Someone to share an enjoyable period of life with. They have many years to come and want someone to spend time with."But, Saltz says dipping a toe into the dating pool does not come without its own stress."There is all kinds of nervousness -- 'How will I appear? ' Never mind the sexual arena of 'It's been a long time' or 'Things don't work like they used to', " Saltz says.

Online dating sites can actually help with the transition onto the dating scene."You're in the privacy of your own home. As a community, adults over 50 can already feel disconnected, which is why social networking has grown in popularity.

Aging Canadians, like their American counterparts, are growing in numbers.

Here are a few tips on how to be safe when you start to date, especially someone that you do not already know.

Another popular way is through Internet dating sites and chatrooms.

If you do not know the person you plan to date, be cautious about how much information you give out and where and when you meet him or her.

Surveys of the age group indicated they wanted to be able to associate with other mature adults."They wanted to jump into a community of like-minded folks," he says.

Meyer says they have more experiences in life and are more deliberate in their approach in dating."They know what they want," he says.