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How to Meet Women: Top Tips for Over 50s Singles

Deciding that you want to start dating again is a big step but it’s a great way to actively become more social and gain confidence. Step two in dating again is asking yourself the question ‘how to meet women’ – especially in the modern world. Luckily, we’ve compiled all the best advice and tips to meet single women online and offline.

The Best Places to Meet Women

The age of technology has brought the world a lot of great things. Social networks keep us connected to friends and family, knowledge is within our grasp with just a few taps on a keyboard, and everybody loves a cute cat video! But, this also means that meeting a woman in the world by chance is reduced. It’s not impossible but thanks to our phones interaction between strangers is less likely than it used to be.

So, where are the best places to meet women? Where can striking up a conversation be considered completely normal?

The Gym

Going to the gym is something you should be considering as you get older, it being a great place to meet women is just a bonus! Most people don’t want to be bothered at the gym, they’re there to work out, shower and go home. But there are some aspects at the gym where talking to others is integral!

One of the easiest ways to talk to and meet women is to sign up to a new exercise class like Bikram yoga or Zumba. These are fun and different exercise classes so most people doing them will never have done them before, making it a great way to strike up a conversation. If you see a woman looking a tad nervous, maybe say something like “I’ve never done this before, what do you think we can expect?” This is a casual entry point and you’ll both feel like you have a buddy for this new experience.

Another part of the gym where you can meet single women is in the weightlifting area. Now, this part of the gym can be a bit of a ‘boys club’ so women can find it intimidating to work out here. Surprise them by asking for advice rather than offering it! This juxtaposition will endear yourself to them and give them a confidence boost that a stranger has noticed their skill. Try saying “Hey, sorry to bother you but I noticed you’ve got great form. Would you mind spotting me and giving me some tips? I’m a bit new to this”

A Bookstore

Is there anything more romantic than a bookstore? The smell of musty books, the smell of new books, reading recommendations, and people relaxing on sofas. Which is why it’s the perfect place to meet women. Everybody loves talking about what kind of books they read, getting recommendations and so on. Head to a section which is great for conversation, something niche like science-fiction, philosophy, or even just the classic romantic section. Peruse the items, pick a few books up, skip some lines and if you see someone doing the same then use it as an opener.

Try these: “Is that good? I’m looking for something to read on the journey to see my daughter”
“That’s a great author, I read her last one but haven’t read that one. Have you read any of her other work?”

A Class

Taking a class to meet women is a great approach. Not only will you pick up a new skill but it’s also one of the best ways to meet women with naturally. Whether it’s a cooking class, language class, or educational class, you’re guaranteed to meet some interesting people.

Use the learning experience as a way to socialise, show off your personality and make yourself known to your classmates as a funny, likeable person. Once you’ve settled in, if you meet somewhere you’re interested in, suggest a group activity outside of class. If you’re in a cooking class, suggest a restaurant you could all go out to or if you’re learning a language then go see a foreign language film. This will show confidence to anyone you’re interested in and create a way for you to chat outside the classroom.


Giving back is one of the few ways we can enrich ourselves mentally by helping others. Being nice makes you happy and being happy releases chemicals that make you even happier – a win-win, right? It’s also a great way to meet single women! Volunteering will already tell others a lot about yourself like you’re thoughtful and you care about your community. Meeting someone with similar values will be easy and volunteering is essentially a social event for like-minded people. Get chatting to people and find out who you share similarities with, then when you’re ready, ask them if they’d like to meet up outside of your schedule. Simple.

Mutual Friends

“How to meet women” is the eternally asked question in rom-coms, books, and TV shows. We see leading male characters meeting women in bars, on train platforms, on the street but life doesn’t usually work out the same way of the movies.

One way to meeting women you never see in movies is through mutual friends! Yes, it sounds simple, but most singles haven’t thought about telling their friends that they are looking to date and they’d like to be set up. It’s one of easiest ways to meet women and also a great way to meet someone without having the first date jitters because you already kind of know each other.

How to Meet Women Online

Putting ‘how to meet women’ into Google is a good start to try and find tips on gaining confidence to speak to women in typical everyday situations. It’s also a good way to practice your social skills if you’re recently widowed or divorced and you’re feeling a bit rusty in the conversation department. But, a lot of older singles are now turning to online dating to find passion and adventure.

There are plenty of reasons why people choose online dating instead:

  • Meet someone compatible by choosing a website that matches people based on their values, goals and lifestyle like SilverSingles.
  • Meet people in your own time from the safety and comfort of your home or on-the-go with an older dating app.
  • Explicitly state your goals and want you’re looking for on your dating profile so that your dates are more likely to lead to a long-lasting partnership.

Online dating is a great way for over 50 singles to start dating again without the fuss. Meeting women might be tricky for most older singles who have busy working lives and are juggling family and social responsibilities. Meeting someone through a mutual friend might not be possible either if all your friends are coupled up.

If trying to think up a great opening line to say to a woman in real life is too much, then an older online dating site like SilverSingles might be for you. What are you waiting for? Sign up today and find out the best way to meet women.

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