Cathy coordinates these events to provide the opportunity to safely meet a 'match' while its completely up to the participants to form the 'connection' with who we have been matched with.
I totally forgot to fill out the feedback as I was waiting until the end of the night to give it and then forgot!! The venue was great and it was nice to have the privacy that is needed for this type of event.Part of my feedback would be that at the end of the night you remind people to put their feedback on the card because I think most people forget. I would highly recommend this to people looking to meet a handful of people in a safe, organized environment and would do it again for sure! We are now in a relationship and heading on a trip together to Europe in May! Thanks so much for bringing us together and being a part of our story.I thought that it was fabulous that the senior center did this for us.” Gordon marked “Yes” for all 12 women.He says "the fact that the evenings and days are long and boring” is what brought him out."We got a call from a gentleman who was at the first speed dating event on (July) 17th, who said he has made a connection with a woman that night," Phillips says. Census, 14 percent of Kalamazoo County's 250,000-plus residents were over age 65 in 2015. The local Area on Aging expects this figure to grow significantly.
"They have been seeing each other practically every day, and they're happy. He was so nervous in the parking lot." What was originally supposed to be a handful of speed dating events will now be many ones offered several times a year on either an every-other-month or quarterly basis, officials say. Phillips says the agency projects 80 percent more people over age 60 in Kalamazoo County by the year 2030.
She says older adults desire companionship, friendship and love, just like anyone else. "People still want to be social, to make connections and have relationships.” Kim Phillips, Portage Senior Center manager, keeps time on her cell phone so she knows when singles must switch at the center's first speed dating event held on July 17.
This served the 65 and up group, but another is for ages 50 to 65.
"They traded us with ‘Wonder Woman’ because our numbers were higher.” It's showtime A month later, on a sunny Monday in July, the Senior Center put on its inaugural speed dating event in a private dining-room at Jac’s Cekola’s Pizza restaurant in Portage, which the owners are letting it use at no cost. Twelve men and 12 women aged 65 and higher sit for conversation at cozy, round tables, adorned with fresh flowers. Every five minutes, a bell rings, signaling that it is time to switch. So is Tammy, the 65-year-old who had the disappointing experience with a matchmaking service.
'Was enjoyable' At the end of the evening, participants turn in a scorecard, indicating either “Yes” or “No” as to whether they wish to see any of their dates again.
"And to try to overcome that loss is a difficult thing to do.” Playing cupid: Speed dating Kim Phillips manages the Portage Senior Center.