Finding yourself suddenly single and faced with the prospect of dating again can be a minefield at any age-but the older you get the harder it can be. Chances are that you have been with the same partner for a very long time, and to then find yourself out there and looking for love is quite a daunting prospect.
Relationships break down and end for a number of reasons, from the death of a loved one to empty nest syndrome and couples just drifting apart over time, but whatever your situation, there is a solution to the single life, and chances are it is only a click away.
Family therapist Dr Terri Orbuch claims that dating online can be a "godsend" for over 50s looking for love, and urges people aged 50 plus to consider online dating as a way of providing another chance at love or meeting someone special.
She says that online services can allow over 50s to interact with a far wider variety of fellow singles than they would otherwise encounter during their everyday lives, and urges over 50s never to lose hope in their search for a partner, stating that it is never too late for them to find somebody.