"If you think of dating the same way, you are less likely to be disappointed." Assuming you and your date "hit it off," invariably the question of sex will arise -- sometimes as early as the first date.
What's important to remember here is: It's your timetable.
Indeed, many in this age group are divorced, single, or widowed, and now find themselves back out on the dating scene for the first time in years.
Now, if you have a happy and fulfilling life without dating, you shouldn't feel pressured into a social scene that's not right for you.
"Before you meet your date, do something that puts you in a positive frame of mind; then, after the date is over, meet up with a friend," he says.
If the date is a disaster, you'll have someone to commiserate with. This is not the time to discuss your favorite baby names or your ongoing feud with your ex.
Moreover, if you do want to start dating again, you won't have to look far to find companionship!
If you've been out of the dating scene for some time, you may be unfamiliar with the essentials of safe sex.
Jonathan Rosenfeld suggests that people view dating as an adventure.
"Everyone knows that adventures have ups and downs and they expect that," he says.
San Francisco relationship expert and writer Mera Granberg advises women to carry condoms if there is any chance they will be having sex.
"Many women I talk to are afraid to carry condoms because they don't want their date to think they are a slut," she says.