Dating older women does age matter
Perhaps the best known are 68-year-old Michael Douglas and 43-year-old Catherine Zeta-Jones, who have bridged their quarter-century age gap to stand by each other through a long partnership (and some recent serious health scares).Or look at 65-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, who made 34-year-old theater producer Sally Humphreys his (third) bride in December 2012.Well, if you're 50 and your companion is 70, you're almost bound to provide care long before you would for a mate of the same age. Plus, most people would willingly choose to endure the rough patches so long as they get a reasonable run of the good stuff beforehand.Your children, of course, may not see the lure of September-May dating quite the way you do!Women between 20 and 29 years old desire men who are up to 10 years their senior and no younger than up to three years.This affirms the stereotype that younger women do seek older men because they tend to be emotionally mature, have more financial freedom, and have an established career that lets them devote more time to a relationship and fatherhood.If they are grown, it may strike them as practically incestuous to learn that Mom or Dad is dating someone their same age.They may worry about fortune hunters or a compromised inheritance, or struggle to perceive their new 40-year-old stepmother in a maternal light.
This aversion may have stopped some women cold who were hot for younger men.
The older person, for his part, gets a higher-energy companion who is likely to help the couple stay fit — and, quite likely, more sexually active.
But won't the "junior partner" eventually have to pay the piper?
(Unless, of course, they were named Cher.) But all this prompts a bigger question: Is it smart or stupid to take on a partner 20 years younger once you hit 50, 60 or 70?
The answer to that question may lie in your answers to these: Just as age has its rewards, so do age differences.