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It’s not uncommon for a woman in her forties to fall for a man in his sixties, or for a woman in her thirties to date a man in his fifties. These unique middle-of-life age groups—they’re all beyond the tumultuous twenties but not yet considered senior citizens in the eyes of society—do a lot of commingling. In fact, many women in their thirties and forties aren’t attracted to men their own age, often finding them far too immature or promiscuous. Yes, even men in their forties can be too immature for women their own age. The trouble is that these age groups often don’t remain in the middle-of-life arena together for long. A woman in her forties may meet a man in his sixties who has the energy, stamina, and vigor of a forty-year-old man but within just five or seven years…he will be in his seventies. And that is a whole different ball game. Here are things to consider before marrying a much older man.

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You may need to nurse him one day

You will go from being his romantic partner to his nurse one day. This, of course, happens in all couples, but when your partner is 20-some years older than you, it can happen so quickly that you almost feel cheated. You may, in fact, spend a quarter or more of the time you have with this person acting as his nurse rather than his lover. That’s a lot to ask of a woman who could still be living a rather uninhibited, free life.

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