Nor is it ever too late to find lasting love

Nor is it ever too late to find lasting love

In a month dedicated to hearts and flowers (along with piles of snow), what better time to celebrate romance-the attraction and connection that brings two people together and, if they are lucky, lasts throughout their lives. Despite the common portrayal of youthful passion, no one is too old for romance. The desire for connection doesn’t have an expiration date. And as the American population skews older and older, more attention is finally being paid to the role of romantic love in the lives of senior citizens.

For those already in a long-term partnership or marriage, love is likely to be more fulfilling. Despite the ailments of age, older couples are often more satisfied with their lives and happier in their marriages than younger ones. Senior citizens also are often likely to be content with what (and who) they have, and more likely to view their spouses as loving, even when they disagree. Their love is more likely to be built on friendship, compromise and the security of having someone they can depend on to share their ups and downs. Older couples who engage in kissing, touching and other affectionate contact experience a higher quality of life, according to a United Kingdom study of almost 7,000 men and women aged 50 to 89.