Whether you're buying or selling, the age of the global sex market appears to be growing older, recent reports suggest.
Following the arrest of a 71-year-old Lola, just over a week ago, Chinese news outlet news.ifeng.com has confirmed that a grandfather from Guangxi province has been busted for spending time with a middle-aged sex worker.
He added that he had a large family with many grandchildren and implored the police officers not to tell them about the charge.
The report also says the man admitted being lonely since the death of his wife and said he usually spent his time "painting and doing calligraphy".
Perhaps the gentleman in question could take advice from 82-year-old bachelor Sandy McCulloch, from Oregon, US, who has taken a refreshingly straightforward approach to finding a new wife?
According to The Huffington Post US, the single man has taken to wearing a handmade sign around his neck that reads "Wanted: A Wife," followed by handwritten requirements!
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New Blood At The Party
Sometimes it feels like the foundation of your social life is so strong that you no longer find the opportunity to meet new and exciting people. Throw a barbecue or party in which guests bring a friend that no one in the group knows. Alternatively, tag along with a friend the next time their office has a company picnic or function -- this is a great way to meet somebody who you know is responsible enough to hold down a career and who you can 'check out' with an acquainted friend before you agree to a date.
Break The Gender Divide
There's no longer a stigma about a woman learning to golf or a man taking a Pilates class, though such activities are still gender lopsided enough one way or the other to open up the dating options for the minority sex. In time you'll be able to go to a local public course and complete someone else's foursome, or cap off an exercise class by going for coffee with some of your fellow students -- both of which will give you the opportunity to meet a host of new people (most likely of the opposite sex). Just make sure you're doing something you want to do -- it would be a shame to begin a relationship under false pretenses.
Organizations such as "Habitat For Humanity" allow you to come into contact with people of all ages and from all walks of life, all of whom have strong, respectable values. And it's not just a great chance to meet a prospective date -- volunteering attracts interesting, good-natured people who themselves are excited to meet new faces and make friends.
Join A Club
Book clubs are great places to meet well-read, like-minded adults -- you can usually find one by calling your local library. Similarly, wine clubs, outdoors clubs and gardening clubs are good options as well depending on your interests. Joining a club allows you to grow as an individual and sets up the opportunity for you to meet someone who shares a common interest.
Singles over 50 are flocking to the online dating world more than any other demographic. It would be a shame to let 20th century prejudices about online dating spoil the opportunities that could await you with a membership. The perception that dating sites attract eccentrics or shut-ins is a dying one, but if you need convincing, just see for yourself the array of adults turning to sites like "Match" and "eHarmony" to help them begin meaningful relationships with interesting people. Here are the top five most popular dating sites for Post50s.