The Art of Senior Dating

How to Attract a Travel Companion, Trusted Friend or Romantic Partner

Non-Fiction - Relationships
182 Pages
Reviewed on 12/22/2021
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Author Biography

Ravina M Chandra is a certified Health & Life Coach and Aging in Place Specialist. She has spent her career in health and wellness, caring and mentoring others to improve their health and embrace vibrant living. With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of British Columbia and a Functional Nutrition Diploma from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, she continues to be a life-long learner, sharing her knowledge through teaching, mentoring, and writing books for anyone interested in living their best life.

She resides on the West Coast in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with her husband, where she loves putting together jigsaw puzzles, experimenting with recipes in what she calls her “test kitchen”, and taking daily nature walks through Beacon Hill Park, frequently socializing with cats, dogs, squirrels, ducks, peacocks, and deer.

Founder and director of 'Simply You Habit Change & Lifestyle Coaching.' Please visit her website at: www.ravinachandra.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Donna Parrey for Readers' Favorite

The Art of Senior Dating is a 12-step program for senior singles who recognize that they’re missing something in their life but aren’t sure how to go about changing that. Author Ravina M. Chandra shares thoughtful advice, experience, vignettes of success stories, and a twelve-week schedule that allows readers to ease into the art of building new relationships. The Art of Senior Dating is just 183 pages, but the content is full-bodied. Following the Introduction are 13 chapters with several subheads each and key takeaways summarized. Each chapter that discusses one of the 12 steps also provides Assignments to encourage readers to take the reins and continue moving toward a more vibrant life. The 12-week program is summarized at the end of the book with fill-in-the-blank charts that are conducive to older adults’ comfort with creating manual records.

This compact little how-to book will pry hesitant seniors out of their easy chairs and nudge them into a better future. The Art of Senior Dating is a useful handbook, not only for those adults age 60+ who are seeking a relationship but also for senior singles who need encouragement to jump back into a social life after losing a spouse and withdrawing from activities. Ravina M. Chandra is sensible, kind, and nurturing in her words, yet her insistence on readers’ taking responsibility for their own happiness is exhibited in the weekly assignments. Chandra’s program includes tips on building confidence; removing emotional clutter; defining needs, wants, and deal-breakers; expanding one’s network; preparing for awkward conversations; and so much more. The Art of Senior Dating could be the perfect gift, for a friend or for yourself.

Asher Syed

The Art of Senior Dating: How to Attract a Travel Companion, Trusted Friend or Romantic Partner by Ravina M Chandra is a self-help guide for readers who have decided that they would like to share their time with another, regardless of the life stage they currently inhabit. Geared toward the 60+ singles pool, Chandra provides a clear and concise 12-week path that guides us on a journey smooth enough for even the most timid to follow. The 12-week program is broken down into thirteen chapters that offer compassionate navigation through topics that include, but are certainly not limited to, areas such as what we value and makes us happy, upgrading our physical and environmental wellness, gratitude and positivity, getting out there, online dating, potential pitfalls, and red flags, dating ideas and intimacy.

The first time I ever met a woman in her 80s with a boyfriend was when my wife introduced me to her maternal grandmother. Up until that point, even as she repeatedly told me that her grandmother was svelte and incredibly active, I didn't know what that truly meant until a beautiful woman in a halter top and red lipstick kissed my cheek and enveloped me in White Diamonds perfume. She is 83 and probably does not need The Art of Senior Dating...but the rest of us probably do. Ravina M Chandra writes with an engaging tone, straightforward and encouraging. The goal here is to find the type of person who fits into your lifestyle and expectations and not the other way around, whether you want someone to visit the museum with or someone to visit that museum while you hold hands. I loved chapter eleven, week 10, Don't Get Obsessed. The introductory story is heartbreaking but really, really relatable. Chandra follows this with ten ways to avoid discouragement that are helpful and click in with the realities of the dating journey. They also streamline an hour-per-day timeline so you can pull away and keep the experiences healthy. Overall, an excellent guide and a wonderful read.

Jamie Michele

For the single population in the senior age category with a desire to couple up for any manner of reason, Ravina M Chandra has written The Art of Senior Dating: How to Attract a Travel Companion, Trusted Friend or Romantic Partner to make it possible. Chandra has the ultimate handbook that is possibly the most encouraging guide on dating over sixty on bookshelves, and anchors the plan to an all-inclusive, easy to understand, and even easier to follow twelve-week program. Week by week, Chandra moves the dial for readers to help improve outlook, understanding, modern meet-ups, and, the most crucial, communication. This communication is both inward and outward, focusing initially on ourselves before branching out to others looking for a companion themselves.

After the age of sixty and especially as the numbers tick up to seventy, eighty, and onward, it seems like the general public has determined that the need for guidance on finding companionship is unimportant. I do not understand that at all, and as someone who has worked in care homes, I can attest to the fact that these relationships tend to be the most meaningful and the most important. Ravina M Chandra is a great writer and an even greater motivator. The Art of Senior Dating and its model go beyond self-help and into true self-care. The chapter on refreshing our mindset forced me to reconsider some uncomfortable choices I've made about who I seek out and what I tend to be drawn to in friendships. I selected this book to read so I might be able to recommend it to the reader it is written for, but the fact that I found it useful in my own life speaks volumes to the value of it across the board.

Tommy Wong

The Art of Senior Dating: How to Attract a Travel Companion, Trusted Friend or Romantic Partner by Ravina M. Chandra is a wonderful book. While we may think dating is only for the young and single, if we think of it more comprehensively, it is of course also for the not-so-young who are single or who have reverted back to being single for a variety of reasons. This is where The Art of Senior Dating becomes useful. It contains 13 chapters to guide the reader from the preparation for dating, such as in the chapter “Who Are You?”, to the actual process of dating, such as in the chapter “Seek Your Target-Rich Environment (Offline),” and to post-dating, such as in the chapter “Connecting Your Present and Your Past”. There is also a 12-week program to take the reader step by step toward dating and post-dating.

I really liked The Art of Senior Dating as Ravina Chandra systematically presents the statistics, facts, and advice on dating for the not-so-young. I particularly liked the section “Key Takeaways” at the end of each chapter, which makes it easier to register the points. I also liked the Section “What is the upside of having a partner at this point in my life?” as Ravina Chandra elaborates on the positives in having a partner. The Section “The top ten mistakes online daters make” is definitely useful for those who want to date online. Interspersed within the book, there are anecdotes that make the situations come alive. A really well-written book and highly recommended to the not-so-young who are interested in dating.

Keith Mbuya

The whole subject of relationships is delicate, sensitive, and dynamic in every way. While some people can only describe their relationships as a total success, some people have had the worst experiences in their relationships. The latter is not entirely limited to "worst" experiences in terms of abusive partners and other horrible factors about relationships; it also includes circumstances such as death. Some people have never been in any relationship for various reasons. These experiences and reasons may be playing a big part in these people’s current relationship status or life, with most of them not being able to make any progress in their relationship lives. Ravina M Chandra delves deeper into this subject to help people see past their experiences and ideas to be able to spark meaningful, healthy, and wonderful relationships in her book The Art of Senior Dating. Whether you’ve had any experience with relationships or not, you should read The Art of Senior Dating. Perhaps you’ll just love the book the way I did.

With thirteen chapters, the book is generally split into two parts. The first part addresses the aspects, factors, and concerns you need to consider about yourself when it comes to relationships. The second part addresses the aspects and factors you need to consider about your partner. The book is written in the second-person perspective, and it made me feel like the author was addressing me directly and I loved it. She embraces a friendly tone in her book, and this coupled with the simple language used makes her message very perceivable. She includes questions and exercises which make the reading experience engaging, interesting, and fun. Ravina M Chandra acknowledges the changes the world has seen; her ideas are diverse and brilliantly blend with the evolving “culture” of the world. The pictures she includes in every chapter make the book quite colorful and beautiful. I loved the quotes and stories she shares in the book, including her own story; they are educative and inspiring. The Art of Senior Dating is a brilliant piece of work.