Seniors find love, friendship at speed dating event

According to the American Psychological Association, 15% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental disorder. One of the major contributors toward depression and poor mental health among seniors is a feeling of isolation.

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) --- Getting older doesn't mean your social life has to end. A group of seniors learned that at the Primeplus Norfolk Senior Center Wednesday.

The group was nervous , but excited, to do something they haven’t done in a while- go on a date.

“I’m a little anxious,” said Marshall McCorkle.

Sitting chair to chair, and face to face, the seniors took part in a speed dating style get together.

There was enough time for a few minutes of good conversation, then they swapped chairs.

“They said it’s so good to see you smiling,” said Jonny Lane. “Cause it’s been hard.”

For Lane, the event is her light at the end of the tunnel.

She lost her husband Jimmy seven years ago and it’s still difficult not having him around.

“Each day gets a little better,” said Lane.

The event goes a long way in fighting off depression and that feeling of isolation that sometimes comes when we get older.

“It’s nice to share your feelings and hear other peoples feelings,” said Lane.

For an hour or two on a Wednesday it was a reminder for everyone in the group --- No matter what age, happiness is what you make it

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