The site -- for which about 80,000 people have signed up since it launched -- not only allows members to connect with each other, but also suggests date ideas, such as a quick coffee or going to a museum.
Not only is this low pressure; it's likely more in keeping with kind of relationships people tend to seek as they get older, Edwards said. Though the survey said nearly half of those who used Internet dating sites were looking for a serious relationship, about a quarter were seeking friendship or companionship and 14 percent were interested in "casual dating." The growing site Stitch largely caters to this group, Rogo said, as it matches users based mainly on hobbies and interests, such as golf, reading or travel.
The 58-year-old widow said she found out about the site online and was intrigued by its unique approach.
"I was interested because of the way it positioned itself as not necessarily a dating site," she said, adding she also liked that it linked people based on their interests. If you meet someone and say `Let's start a book group' because you both like to read, that's based on common interests.
"They tell you they're going to call, and they don't call." But there's one notable way in which the dating scene has changed since De Vito's youth -- via the Internet.
According to a 2013 study by the Pew Research Center, 11 percent of American adults -- and 38 percent of those who were single and looking for a partner -- said they used online dating sites or mobile dating apps, such as Match.com, e Harmony or OKCupid.
Researchers found that 6 percent of those 55 to 64, and 3 percent of those 65 and older, used online dating sites.
"A lot of people in this age group are divorced or widowed, and may have different goals than starting a new relationship," she said.With so many people unattached later in life, it's only natural that some of them would dip toes in the dating pool, said Dr.Pepper Schwartz, AARP love and relationships ambassador.The administration also reported the number of Americans age 45 to 64 rose by 33 percent between 20.A large number of these Americans are single, with 55 percent of women and 28 percent men over 65 stating they were unmarried.