The National Science Foundation (NSF) is spending nearly $200,000 studying the “ups and downs” of older Americans’ dating lives.
The project cites a pressing need for research on how single adults over 60 years old date. The study is entitled “Understanding Age-Related Changes in Relationship Maintenance Strategies.”
“A wealth of research indicates that high quality romantic relationships allow individuals to thrive both emotionally and physically,” a NSF grant for the project states. “In fact, the impact of close relationships on health has been shown to be larger than the impact of a variety of negative health behaviors, such as smoking, excessive drinking, and obesity. Unfortunately, longer life expectancies and high divorce rates have contributed to a new social reality in which older adults (i.e., age 60+) increasingly find themselves unpartnered and searching for companionship.”
“Despite these societal trends, research on how older adults form and maintain satisfying new romantic relationships is scarce,” the grant said.