Older adults engaging in online dating: What Gerontological nurses should know

Rachel K. Wion, Susan J. Loeb

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Abstract

Many older adults maintain interest in intimate partner relationships and actively seek dates. Online dating websites are gaining popularity as being a convenient way to link with potential dates, particularly for women and individuals who live in independent dwellings or rural areas. Several online dating websites market exclusively to individuals 50 and older. Although connecting with others via the Internet can decrease social isolation, there are potential risks involved in online dating. Health care providers do not always assess dating and sexual health in the older adult population. Nurses are in a position to assess the dating relationships of older patients and can ask targeted questions to determine if patients are in a potentially risky relationship. A non-judgmental attitude and compassionate approach is essential. Knowledge of safe practices, alerting red flags, and available resources are essential tools for gerontological nurses to possess.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-35
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of gerontological nursing
Volume41
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Gerontology

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