By Martie Cruz
Not everyone is interested in dating later in life, but those who do often worry how their families will react. And, with good reason. It can be pretty shocking when our parents or grandparents casually mention they have a Valentine, or bring a special friend to family dinner.
Some reasons people are uncomfortable with an older loved one embarking on a new romance include:
These are all valid feelings, but they shouldn't get in the way of any potential happiness your parent might have. In fact, points one and two have a lot more to do with the adult child than the parent. Our website offers many resources for working through these issues, while still showing your support for your parent.
However, it is important to be wary if your loved one is recklessly serial dating, has a history of being taken advantage of in relationships, is struggling with dementia, or has a financial situation that could make them vulnerable. In these cases, here are a few precautions you can take:
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