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It’s been three or four years since I signed up with them, and they never really got any matches for me.” Gordon is a 78-year-old man from Portage.
He says it’s been hard to move on after the death of his wife of over a half century, who died three years ago.
Comfortably situated at table seven with a condensation-covered copper cup in hand, she was already well into her mindset for her happy hour engagement."It's an adventure," Hemming said. Kennedy was president when Hemming met her husband.
She lost her one-and-only years ago, and knowing he would want her to be happy, Hemming found herself at a series of events hosted by the Madison Senior Center centered on helping people make a match in their later years.
That was the last date she ever went on."March 19, 1963," Hemming said.
So in July the senior center started offering its first ever speed dating events to address the social isolation some older adults feel.
There's ones for people aged 50 to 65; another for those 65 and up.
Richard Rathmann has missed the days of face-to-face interactions, so much so that he has even turned to the internet to meet up with single women in his age group."I find it's really hard to meet people. Rathmann and Hemming were two of 16 people who came out to the speed dating event, a sign that a more mature crowd is looking for ways to make a connection.
John De Lamater, a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who has studied the subject of senior relationships, notes that the age group is "rapidly growing" and is expected to double over the next 15 years or so.