When American businesswoman Darlene Daggett sued her matchmaking services firm last month for setting her up on a string of horrific dates, the news ricocheted around the world. For her US0,000, Ms Daggett, 62, was introduced to, among others, a man who passed out from a heart ailment on their first date, and a convicted felon.Another potential suitor told her he was waiting for his terminally ill wife to die before re-entering the dating pool." says Ms Lethbridge, a former advertising executive who regularly travels overseas, has two adult children, and is three-times divorced herself."I just wanted my independence." Then there is the sexual mismatch.
Netflix has just renewed for a fourth season Grace and Frankie, a show starring Jane Fonda about the unlikely friendship and sexual experiences of two women in their 70s.She said she had dated several men in their 60s and 70s over the last few years.In practical terms, this meant many of her dates have lied about being in the market to purchase a house, when in reality they were "living in the back shed" of one of their children's homes."I just didn't want anybody to land on me, you know?This is because, compared to men in their twenties and thirties, older men are often drowning in baggage."Most of them had lost their house ...many of them had two [marriages], so they'd lost everything twice [in divorce]," says Carole Lethbridge, a 73-year-old woman living in the Blue Mountains.