Ladies, Use This News to Get Him to Propose

If you’re a younger woman dat­ing an older man and you’re hop­ing that mar­riage will be the next step in your May-December rela­tion­ship, here’s a bit of news you might want to share with him. And if you’re the older man who’s dat­ing that younger woman, then pay atten­tion, because this news might just change your life.

Accord­ing to new research pre­sented to the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Car­di­ol­ogy, mar­riage has been sci­en­tif­i­cally shown to ben­e­fit the heart, espe­cially for those over the age of 50. The team behind the study exam­ined the med­ical records for 3.5 mil­lion Amer­i­cans to look for cases of heart dis­ease. The find­ings showed that mar­ried peo­ple had a five per­cent lower risk of heart dis­ease and a 19% low­ered risk of dan­ger­ous plaque buildup in the arteries.

Mean­while, older men who were wid­ow­ers or divorced had a sig­nif­i­cantly higher risk of heart prob­lems, includ­ing coro­nary artery dis­ease, which, by the way, is one of the lead­ing causes of death among Americans.

Although the find­ings of this research don’t nec­es­sar­ily say that mar­riage will absolutely pre­vent heart dis­ease, they do show that mar­riage can improve an older man’s health, whether it’s just through sim­ple com­pan­ion­ship, or by hav­ing some­one to man­age doc­tors’ appoint­ments and prescriptions.

If your older man is still on the fence about mar­riage, this health news might just be the nudge he needs to start shop­ping for a ring.

What do you think: Can mar­riage really improve an older man’s health?


Ostrow, N., “Mar­riage Is a Pre­scrip­tion for a Healthy Heart, Study Sug­gests,” Bloomberg web site, March 28, 2014; 

This entry was posted in From The Editors and tagged , , , on by .

About Francine K

I first met Alfred when I was 38 and he was 63, on an Internet chat site. I really didn't think this was a datable person, but a wonderful friendship developed. We became chat buddies for a while and connected so well on so many levels, we decided to meet in person. We live 100 miles apart, but that has never gotten in the way of us spending time together. A passionate relationship soon grew, and oh what an amazing lover. I had some reservations about getting too involved: our age difference is 25 years, and we are in different phases in our lives; in fact he has a daughter who is older than I am. I have 2 teenage sons, a career, was building my first home, and he’s retired, owns his home, lives alone, takes a nap during the day, and enjoys a slow-paced lifestyle. I am still ambitious and will soon have the empty nest to go start my own life, as my sons are nearly independent. There is no way I want to sit down and have a retired lifestyle yet. We’ve shared a beautiful, passionate friendship for many years together. We’ve never really figured out how to plan a future together, though.