It can also leave them with a lot more emotional baggage than younger men.
According to professionals at Two Of Us, a division of The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, age differences are often viewed as an obstacle that prevents a mature relationship from developing.
A main disadvantage of dating an older man is the tension it may cause between you, and your family and friends.
Significant age differences can present challenges in a relationship, note professionals at Two Of Us, a subsidiary of The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, an information resource for healthy marriages.
Two Of Us professionals say that many people view relationships with significant age differences from either a stereotypical perspective -- such as "sugar daddies" or "cougars" -- or under the assumption that there are too many challenges for these unions to be successful.
I was married once before, to a man five years my senior.
After 12 increasingly dreary years capped by a wrenching divorce, I couldn't imagine why women in my situation (childless divorcées) complained about the prospect of reentering single life. Wasn't finally having some laughs, romance, and excitement the way to take the "crisis" out of "midlife"?
There are pros and cons to every relationship -- it's up to each party to decide if the relationship is worth the effort after considering the challenges they may face.
It's possible that your family will have difficulty adjusting to and accepting your mate if he's close to your parents in age, or not far from it.
For instance, he might think that all women are nagging shrews because his ex-wife never gave him a moment’s peace.