Elderly ladies dating much younger men

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Although older men dating younger women has long been socially acceptable (or at least commonplace in many cities), older women are now dating younger men in record numbers.

It may be a trend on the upswing: Thanks to higher divorce rates and higher percentages of people who have never married, today 40 percent of the 97 million Americans 45 or older are single.

Stanton recalls a relationship with one young man she still calls the love of her life.

"I learned to cook with him, because he ate everything, even my mistakes, with great gusto and appreciation," she says. Sometimes we'd sit in front of the fireplace singing country-western songs at the top of our voices.

Covering the rock scene also put her in touch with young male musicians, and she wound up going out with several guitar players and a drummer.

But she was always aware that he was a student and she was not, so the boundaries were clear.

Besides, she was divorced with a young daughter to raise, and a new relationship, let alone a traditional marriage, was not on her radar screen. "Nobody else is quite as engaging to me as Chris," Woolston says today.

"At one point, I tutored Chris and remember being impressed at how witty this kid was, how capable, and what a good writer he was," says Woolston.

"Later, we had an assignment where we were both the graders for one teacher, and that was spectacularly fun.

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