I’ve just published a story about an amazing couple. Peter, 84, is a Melbourne writer who last year met his partner, Lieselotte, 80, through RSVP. After making contact last February they spent months emailing and making phone and Skype calls before she finally met him at her local Gold Coast airport. She reports that as soon as she saw him she knew she had “found her destiny.”

“It was like we known each other forever. We found a love for one another never thought possible at our age,” says Lieselotte, mentioning their regular visits staying at each other’s homes. Peter speaks glowingly of his new partner’s radiant smile and the indomitable spirit of the woman who spend her early teens surviving bombing raids on her German town. “We are now an ‘item’,” he joyfully announces. Here’s the happy couple:

The proud couple is part of a growing trend for older singles to join the massive numbers now using online dating to search for a partner.

The overall figures are staggering:

  • Up to 1200 people each day signing up as members of the largest site, RSVP.
  • Both RSVP and eHarmony claim two million members and over four million have apparently joined RSVP since it was launched seventeen years ago.
  • Nielson research last year found most Australians (51 per cent) had either tried online dating or would consider doing so.

But many older people are nervous of getting started – which is where my dating coaching comes in, helping them write their profiles and navigate the difficult process of competing with the large numbers now online.  Read my story: http://www.smh.com.au/national/love-across-the-ages-in-online-dating-20140217-32w6a.html