Dating expectations of the middle aged man

By the time they reach middle age, many people have experienced emotionally wrenching events such as divorce, job loss, financial setbacks, illness or the death of a spouse.

Those experiences can leave emotional scars that make it difficult to form new intimate relationships.

None of us are getting any younger but please, there has to be more than this.Shuffling self-consciously in his seat beside me at the cinema, I sensed that my date was about to make his move.I wasn’t sure whether he’d do the awkward arm-stretch-behind-my-chair manoeuvre, or ‘accidentally’ brush his thigh against mine.Many middle-aged people are responsible for the care of their aging parents.Those caught in "the sandwich generation" -- squeezed between the needs of young children and those of aging parents – sometimes despair of ever having a social life again.