The search for meaningful relationships is something that everyone strives for no matter what age. Friendship, companionship, and love are connections that not only everyone wants, but also needs.These relationships can create happiness, make us more hopeful, understanding, and caring, can open up our minds to new thoughts and ideas, and make us want to be better people. While this topic is often discussed with young to middle aged people, it’s not often shared among the senior population, but it should be. America’s fastest growing age group is 65 and over, and seniors desire and crave these interactions as much as anyone else.
Steven Loring, director of the documentary The Age of Love, noticed this first hand. His film follows a group of seniors trying a new form of matchmaking, speed dating, and explores the importance of these relationships among the senior population.
“Unlike other recent documentaries on aging, I saw an opportunity to break social and generational barriers by looking at older adults not in terms of specific talents or communities, but through shared, human desires,” Loring said. “By telling a story involving a universal quest, I could connect them directly to the mainstream through situations to which all can relate. Regardless of age, I thought, who doesn’t understand loneliness, or intimacy, or the search for love?”
This thoughtful and honest look at trying to find companionship is something everyone can relate to. His film has earned praise and great reviews. The Age of Love has inspired seniors to try and find that “special someone” they’ve been missing, but perhaps, even more importantly, brought awareness and acceptance of these interactions with seniors to a younger generation. Dating sites for seniors have been increasing, social clubs have been growing, and of course, speed dating services for seniors can now be found all over the world. It turns out there is no shortage of the need for love.
The Glen Cove Senior Center is presenting a free screening of this film on Thursday, March 21, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres. This film is for all ages and everyone is welcome. Loring will be available after the film for questions.