He has taken a few women out to lunch since her death, but he says he wouldn't call that dating.“When you’re married that many years as long as I’ve been, you figure you’re never going to find love again because it’s too big of a loss," he explains, pausing, his voice beginning to crack.She says older adults desire companionship, friendship and love, just like anyone else. "People still want to be social, to make connections and have relationships.” Kim Phillips, Portage Senior Center manager, keeps time on her cell phone so she knows when singles must switch at the center's first speed dating event held on July 17.This served the 65 and up group, but another is for ages 50 to 65.The response from women has been especially robust, resulting in waiting lists and, ultimately, more sessions added.It's only been a few weeks since launching, but speed dating has already led to some older adults no longer having to spend their days alone.As the RSVPs rolled in, it became clear that the topic of seniors and love was striking a cord. It was around the time that the box-office-busting movie "Wonder Woman" opened.
“We have people that have been living on their own and don’t get hardly any socialization."And to try to overcome that loss is a difficult thing to do.” Playing cupid: Speed dating Kim Phillips manages the Portage Senior Center.She's heard similar stories from older adults as they seek to re-enter the dating world.In Michigan, 28 percent of people over 65 live by themselves, according to the Census.Inspired by a film The Portage Senior Center got the idea to do speed dating from the 2014 documentary “The Age of Love,” a funny yet serious film about seniors participating in such an event in upstate N. In anticipation of launching speed dating here and with funding from New Friends Memory Care and Assisted Living, center officials presented a free showing of “Age of Love” at Celebration! Portage Senior Center Manager Kim Phillips says they were not sure what to expect.