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Seniors Flirt With AARP's Online Dating Service
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Seniors Flirt With AARP's Online Dating Service

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

All right, here's a plan: find someone, get married, grow old together. What if you've done that, and then suddenly, you find yourself back at square one? For those 50 years plus, AARP is here to help you find that special someone. Boomers, lean in.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU")

FRANK SINATRA: (Singing) I've got a crush on you, sweetie pie.

DINA MANDE: I never expected to be single and 50.

LYDEN: Take Dina Mande of Santa Monica, California. She met a younger guy and was happily married for seven years when she said out of the blue, she was divorced and back in the dating pool. Now, Dina Mande wants to try dating men her own age. Enter the AARP dating site powered by the online dating engine How About We.

This is a site where you say, how about we go to the beach or whale watching or something, and someone thinks it's a great idea, and they come with you, sort of like in the good old days. Dina's been on a half-dozen dates since the site launched in December, including the beach, and she's even met a silver-haired fox.

MANDE: He was gorgeous. He was a doctor. And he looked like George Clooney. He did not look 60 at all. He was beautiful, yeah.

LYDEN: Dina, and thousands of other hopefuls, have turned to the AARP to find their match. And with more than 37 million members, it's a concept many of them have been waiting for.

SAMI HASSANYEH: It's like, why don't you have a dating service? That would be really great.

LYDEN: That's Sami Hassanyeh, AARP's chief digital officer. Sami says there's a reason thousands of older people use the web to find each other and start a relationship.

HASSANYEH: We released a happiness study a little while back that just shows that your social circle and social interactions really are directly correlated to your level of happiness.

LYDEN: And when you're happy, studies show you stay healthier longer.

HASSANYEH: And it fits with our social mission of helping and isolation and help people find companionship.

LYDEN: That's something Dina has been searching for. Luckily, she's come to the right place.

MANDE: I'm pretty sure that my guy, my ideal dream guy is an NPR listener.

(LAUGHTER)

LYDEN: And I bet he's listening, Dina. I sure hope so.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I'VE GOT A CRUSH ON YOU")

SINATRA: (Singing) 'Cause I have got a crush my baby, on you.

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