There’s something different about that couple kissing on the movie screen. Both people have crow’s feet for starters, and the man is sporting a small paunch. Can this really be a romantic comedy? About the love lives of — gasp! — older people?
There are books on the subject, such as Dr Amanda Smith Barusch’s Love Stories of Later Life: A Narrative Approach to Understanding Romance, which features essays from older people about falling in love later in life. Now there’s even a play: Jane Juska’s A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, a memoir that details her search at age 67 for the perfect lover, has just hit the stage in San Francisco.
It’s as though society has finally dusted off its bifocals and realised that the image of the grey-haired, bingo-obsessed granny is, in fact, outmoded. Nowadays, granny’s hair is more likely to be tastefully highlighted, and she’s probably traded her bingo cards for an online ‘wink’ at a stranger.
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