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Participants went on a series of 3-minute dates and indicated whom they would like to see again.They were followed-up by the researchers six weeks and 12 months after the speed-dating session.He says "the fact that the evenings and days are long and boring” is what brought him out.It’s Gordon's sincere hope that he will gain a companion, but, if nothing else, some new friends. There's ones for people aged 50 to 65; another for those 65 and up.The response from women has been especially robust, resulting in waiting lists and, ultimately, more sessions added.
There's some new research on speed dating, coming from researchers in Germany (Asendorpf, Penke, and Back, in press).I think that it is a good way to get out and try to make a connection with somebody, to make a new friend," she says. You go to church and you see the same people every week.I thought that it was fabulous that the senior center did this for us.” Gordon marked “Yes” for all 12 women."They actually seem to kind of blossom, come out of their shell. They have something to look forward to every day, so it really brings them out of their shell and perks them up a lot.” Loneliness, isolation harms A 2011 survey of 350 seniors living in Kalamazoo County showed 29 percent of them reported feeling lonely or isolated. The results were part of the Kalamazoo County Senior Growth Needs Assessment.
In Michigan, 28 percent of people over 65 live by themselves, according to the Census.Hoping to combat the scourge of social isolation among older adults, the Portage Senior Center has begun offering speed dating.