If you are reading this page, it may be because you are a single, senior man considering dating an older woman. Or, perhaps, you are already in such a relationship. Here are 10 things you should know about mature women.

1. Older women know what they want

Women in their fifties and over know what they want in their lives and relationships. They’ve also learned how to express their feelings and desires and are not afraid to do so. Additionally, women over 50 usually know what they don’t want, for example, wasting time with someone who doesn’t suit them. Be prepared for them to be quite direct and ready to make tough decisions in order to get what they are after.

Consequently, there’s no need to play games or to beat around the bush. Older women are more likely to go for an honest and frank single man over 50 who doesn’t mask his intentions.

2. They are more mature

Women over 50 are more emotionally mature than their younger male and female counterparts. Thanks to their decades of life experience, they have learned to better control their emotions and reactions. They are also less impulsive, more balanced and wiser.

3. They have experience

At fifty, a woman usually has around 30 years of experience when it comes to relationships and sex (including those who spend years with just one person). Their own experiences, as well as those of their friends and family, have taught them all there is to know about love, life, people and themselves. They’ve learned patience, when to let go, as well as how to deal with their insecurities and fears. In the end, their experiences have made them who they are today: strong, confident women.

4. They don’t necessarily want a serious relationship

Women in their fifties (and after) aren’t necessarily looking for a long-term relationship. Many of them have realised that they don’t need to be in a relationship in order to be happy. They have their own life, their friends, their family and their hobbies, all of which make them feel fulfilled. Accordingly, many senior, single women prefer to stay free and independent and just want to enjoy a nice little fling.

5. They know what they want in bed

You probably already know that sex doesn’t stop after menopause and many of us continue to enjoy sex until much later on in life. Additionally, women over 50 know precisely what they like and don’t like in bed. Therefore, you should be prepared for her to tell you what and what not to do. Due to the fact that they tend to be experienced, older women usually prefer the company of confident men who can take the lead and who know what they are doing.

6. They probably have a family

Although many don’t have kids, there is a good chance that the 50+ woman you’re dating or about to date has already built a family. Moreover, at her age, it’s likely that her children are all grown up and have moved away from home.

However, women are having kids later and later in life. As a result, it’s not entirely implausible that their children are still young and live at home with them. If this is the case, you must be willing to wait before finally meeting her children and must also accept that she will often be unavailable. Remember that her kids will always come first.

Additionally, once you’ve met her family and your relationship is serious, be prepared to spend a few weekends or holidays with the whole family together, not just with her.

7. They are independent

Another thing you should know is that older women are often financially and emotionally independent. They are usually wealthier than their younger counterparts and usually don’t need to rely on anyone but themselves. This means that there is a fairly good chance that she will be looking for a strong partner who is equally independent and self-reliant.

Moreover, older women have their own life, friends, family, hobbies, and baggage, and this is something you’ll have to accept. They had a whole life before you even arrived on the scene. They are not looking for someone to pay their bills and certainly not a partner who tells them what to do.

8. They have different interests and lifestyle

Lifestyle and interests change with age. Partying and binge drinking all weekend is usually a thing of the past. Older women tend to prefer something calmer, even though they may still enjoy parties with friends from time to time. Being older hardly means being inactive and staying home all day however. Many senior women have hobbies and interests such as gardening, singing in a choir, volunteering, working out or even hiking.

9. They are happy

According to a recent study, adults are happiest after 50. This is the best age. At 50, you have more confidence in yourself than ever. You’re also probably wealthier and more financially stable and it’s highly likely that you feel less insecure than you did before. Women over 50 just want to enjoy life fully and for as long as possible, whether this involves traveling, having sex or visiting friends – in short, simply doing things that they love!

10. They want to have fun

Just as with men and women of any age, older women want to have fun with their partners and friends. Being more mature and a little bit older doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t like playing and teasing anymore. In fact, it’s quite the contrary! Many older women are playful, love stupid jokes and enjoy teasing their partner, just like their younger counterparts.