“We were really shocked,” says Ann Machado, CEO of Creative Staffing and chair of the Continue United committee.
“Next event we’ll need a bigger venue or multiple venues. “People are interested in this, really interested,” Machado says.
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I think the topic really did it.” Indeed, the documentary “The Age of Love” chronicles the hilarious and, yes, poignant adventures of 30 seniors who attend a first-of-its-kind speed dating event for 70- to 90-year-olds. “I called people who signed up for it and they were talking about wanting to meet other people, even just for companionship.” While the movie-and-dinner evening in Miami won’t involve any actual speed dating onsite, Machado hopes the film will encourage a robust and honest conversation about dating in later life.
As older adults leave the workplace, many find themselves at loose ends and with limited opportunities to make new friends.
The hair may be going gray and the eyesight dim, but the yearning for social connection — for the touch of a hand, the sound of a companionable laugh — remains a person’s strongest need through the decades. United Way of Miami-Dade volunteers and staff discovered this when they launched Continue United, an effort to bring retirees and pre-retirees together to contribute their time and talent to the community through the local nonprofit.