Love knows no age limits, no retirement dates, no physical or mental infirmities.
Good quality relationships of all kinds, but specifically romantic relationships, are associated with psychological well-being, good health and happiness.
However, the quality of the relationship is important and the questions have to be asked: How do societal and economic changes influence relationships? What makes a relationship last? How does love change across the lifespan?
You’re retired, you’re living together, you know each other. You can do anything you want together. Travel together to the places you wanted to see when you were young. Learn games you passed up over the years. Watch all the classic love stories you never got around to.
In the eyes of the popular media, love is all about youth: intimated, glamour and no wrinkles. But to those with age, love is all about wisdom. Whether a love affair is born anew in assisted living or has endured for a lifetime, the years only add to the experience.
Love, like hope, springs eternal. It knows no age limits, no retirement dates, no physical or mental infirmities. Indeed, most who have lived and loved long enough would say it only gets better with age. The youth-obsessed culture pays little attention to the love affairs of the elderly and certainly doesn’t champion them.
But they’re there, they’re more meaningful and committed than anything the passion of youth can create, and they show the rest of us how it should be done.