STAMFORD, Conn. -- Dating isn't just for the young, and the Stamford Senior Center and SilverSource are out to prove it. They're holding a speed-dating event on March 11, to give seniors who are looking for companionship a chance to meet and mingle.
Tony Savino, of 1490-WGCH, will be the host, guiding participants through the process of switching seats to meet people and make connections. The event is for those aged 70-90. The women's side is already filled, so only men can still register.
"The speed dating concept works well for (single older adults) because they know what makes them happy, and what questions to ask," said Kathleen Bordelon, executive director of SilverSource. "In just a few minutes they can detect potential for a connection."
Speed dating works like the name suggests: it's a quick form of socializing, designed for meeting many people in a short amount of time. Participants are placed into pairs, and partners are rotated every five minutes. Each pair gets to know one another, until a bell is rung, indicating the "date" is over and it's time to switch seats and meet the next person.
After everyone has met, participants make a list of who they'd like to see again. If two participants have written each other's names, the event organizer forwards contact information to both people so they can continue their conversation.
"Speed dating makes meeting people quick and easy. Participants don’t feel pressure, and won't be 'stuck' on a bad date, because each date only lasts a few minutes," said Christina Crain, executive director of the Stamford Senior Center. "Plus it's exciting, what's more thrilling than meeting 15 people in about an hour? As long as we’re breathing, we have a lot of living to do."
There is a $10 registration fee, and refreshments and pastries will be served. Click here to register, or register in person at the Stamford Senior Center, 888 Washington Blvd., in Stamford.
The event will run from 2-4 p.m., at the Waters Edge at Giovanni's, at 2748 Boston Post Rd., in Darien. For more information, call 203-977-5151.
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