LOVE AT ANY AGE: PHILLY’S OLDER ADULTS PROVE LOVE IS TIMELESS – PHILLY VOICE
No one can say love is discriminatory. It embraces 5-year-olds who pluck dandelions for their schoolyard crush, wallops 20- and 30-somethings when they least expect it, comforts middle-aged partners when their heads hit the pillow together at night and, notably, reappears later in life even when we think we’ve had our fill. “A lot of people just think they’re too old [to date],” Rita DeMaria, a couples therapist for the Council for Relationships, told PhillyVoice. “But falling in love is timeless.” DeMaria, co-author of “The 7 Stages of Marriage,” explained that despite obstacles facing people 65 or older — finances, overprotective children, declining health, etc. — many of the elderly people she works with do manage to find love. And they often do so with great success, for a multitude of reasons.