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Hoping to make friends but not really knowing my way around, I aimlessly wandered downtown at dusk, vaguely intending to just waltz into bars and maybe make a new acquaintance or two.

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Dating was not top of mind. As teenagers, they were in that exploration process of creating their own romantic relationships. It was a bit of a train wreck. Arrendell purchased the family home. For the first year post-split, she had primary custody of her children and a full private practice. Henry67, recently retired from a career in large construction projects, divorced over 20 years ago when his daughter was just 14; he had custody. Peterwho asked Xpress to use a pseudonym so he could speak freely, shared custody of his thenyear-old son when his marriage of 14 years broke up four years ago.

Many things changed with our divorce — professionally as well since we had been in business together — and dating was not on the front burner.

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Survival was at the top of my priority list. With or without children, dealing with the loss of a partner to divorce or death is an emotional roller coaster of grief, anger and anxiety, a struggle to reset course and regain control after becoming unmoored. Rather than looking for a new partner, most people take a dating sabbatical to look inward, seek therapy or both. Cathy Sherman left north Florida and a year marriage four years ago and moved to Asheville.

I did not want to repeat the mistakes I had made or find myself anywhere close to that same situation again. Davisa d professional counselor who often works with members of the LGBT community. In addition to anxiety about dating experienced by every age, gender and sexual inclination, there are challenges that are unique to people who are closing in on 50 and beyond.

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Within the smaller pool of available older singles, frequently there is less interest in end goals of marriage, cohabitation and children, having already been there and done that. It was terrifying. They might lie about their career, age or status.

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I was a lurker for a long time on one site, just looking without ing. Another that I tried that sought people nearby to wherever I was for work turned out to be more of a hookup site, and I was not into that. Linda Newmana d clinical social worker who frequently sees people experiencing ificant personal transitions, recommends clients interested in online dating familiarize themselves with the different sites and their focus and demographic.

Do you want to be on sites with people of the same background or age groups as you? Sites with people who are looking for similar things as you?

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I say be open but Asheville. Many older LGBT folks are not comfortable going to bars, traditionally safe social spaces for gay and queer people. With the growth of internet options, the use of that or apps has increased, but the technology can be challenging or not appealing to them. It can be intimidating for anyone.

She ed up with Match. She has a screening system she uses before agreeing to meet face to face. Instead, Henry relies on friends and acquaintances to introduce him to women they think might interest him. That has resulted in some enjoyable dates, though he has not gotten serious with anyone since he has been single.

Nor has Peter, who looks for Facebook events that appeal to him, has a house on a lake with a community there and is active with LEAF, all of which engage him with like-minded people. I am very fit older health-conscious, so I want that in the women I date. I like to play, go to festivals, go dancing, stay up late.

I have a lot of energy online I tend to date women younger than me. Dating does Henry, who while not seeking it, says he is typically introduced to women 10 or more years younger. Which contributes to one of the biggest challenges facing women of a certain age: dating age-desirable men. I have a very busy career I have no intent of leaving.

Dating at my age is challenging.

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On that point, Sherman and Henry agree. The longer I stay single, the more comfortable I am with it.

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Photo from Getty Images. Are the kids all right? Break time Cathy Sherman left north Florida and a year marriage four years ago and moved to Asheville.

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Davis says older LGBT folks can struggle to connect with prospective partners in Asheville due to the small size of the community. Photo courtesy of Davis. Photo courtesy of Newman. Thanks for reading through to the end… We share your inclination to get the whole story. Kay West was a freelance journalist in Nashville for more than 30 years, contributing writer for the Nashville Scene, StyleBlueprint Nashville, Nashville correspondent for People magazine, author of five books and mother of two happily launched grown-up kids.

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To kick off she put Tennessee in her rear view mirror, drove into the mountains of WNC, settled in West Asheville and appreciates that writing offers the opportunity to explore and learn her new home. She looks forward to hiking trails, biking greenways, canoeing rivers, sampling local beer and cheering the Asheville Tourists. Older Post. Before you comment The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.

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