Love in retirement abounds at senior living communities
Today, seniors are more active, more adventurous and more involved in their communities than ever before. Many Holiday Retirement residents are finding a second chance at life, and some are even finding a second chance at love.
Advantages of senior romance
Finding love later in life can be more fun, according to eHarmony. There are many benefits to senior dating that set it apart from young love:
- More self-awareness and a better idea of who you are and what’s important to you.
- More emotional maturity and stability.
- More likely to have financial freedom to enjoy life.
- More time to spend together, without the pressures of working full time and raising a family.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, warm your heart with stories of these happy couples who live, and love, at Holiday Retirement communities.
Bible study brings together two unsuspecting seniors
Bob Bradley, 77, and Judith Ringleman, 70, weren’t looking for love at Holiday Retirement at Vineyard Place. But when they met during a community Bible study, Judy was immediately smitten. She told her enrichment coordinator about her fondness for Bob, and the two struck up a romance shortly after.
Before they knew it, Bob and Judy fell in love, and tied the knot with a beautiful wedding ceremony at Vineyard Place among family and friends. Judy’s advice for seniors looking for love? “Live life for today, and if anything comes up and intrigues you don't be afraid to step out into that.”
Senior sweethearts become homecoming king and queen
John Stoutjesdyk and Phyllis Thwaites weren’t looking for love when they met at Holiday Retirement’s Aurora Pond community. But love is what they found. On Phyllis’ first day at the senior living community, she met John in the dining room doorway, and the two have been inseparable ever since.
Fellow residents have rallied around John and Phyllis, thrilled for the happiness the two have found. In 2015, the community took advantage of a youthful Aurora Pond tradition and voted the happy couple homecoming king and queen.
Two shy, quiet seniors become newlywed lovebirds
When Harry Kaeser, 67, moved into Holiday Retirement at Rogue Valley, he was a shy and somewhat lonely veteran. He’d been heartbroken since his first love had sent him a “dear John” letter breaking off their engagement while he was serving in Vietnam. Harry didn’t date again until 2013 when he met Kathy Emerson, 69.
Harry and Kathy were fast friends and before long, the two started dating. They decided to tie the knot, and Rogue Valley came together for a romantic community reception Valentine’s Day 2016. The happy couple danced to their favorite song, honeymooned at a local hotel and celebrated the joy of finding love in their 60s. Celebrate other Holiday Retirement residents celebrating wedding anniversaries this month in this article.
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