"I think people forget that when you get older, and especially if you lose a spouse or partner, you're by yourself a lot," Kim Phillips, the senior citizens services manager at the Portage Senior Center in Portage, Michigan, told TODAY."Isolation can be a physical killer." Speed dating typically conjures images of big cities and millennials, but as Phillips is learning, it might also be a unique fit for senior citizens.
(Men are harder to get involved, she said.) A restaurant hosts the events, and they're open to the general public, not just members of the senior center. For Phillips, half the fun is watching the seniors open up, as if they're reawakening something that's been inside them all along. Half of the class sits at a desk, the other half of the class moves around the desks.The stationary students have one question each (including the model answer) and the moving students have to explain how they would answer the question, I usually run this with some music as a timer, eg you have until the song finishes to answer.Not only was it the 50th anniversary of the convention, it was also our first time attending, the first time in Indianapolis let alone Indiana, the first time using an Air Bn B, and of course the first time pitching our board game to real life publishers.Needless to say, it was surreal, and one of the greatest experiences of my life.