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.
There are no "shoulds" when it comes to dating at midlife and physical intimacy, and you have a right to go at your own pace.
When the time arrives that you do feel ready, when, how, and where is less important than basic safety.
To help ease the transition from newly single to coupling up again, here's some additional advice that can help. Don't pressure yourself to make any decisions after a first date.
In many cases it will be crystal clear that there is no connection, in which case you can tactfully explain this before the date ends, or in a follow-up phone call or email.
Moreover, to help ease the anxiety of a first-time date, Rosenfeld suggests you "sandwich" the meeting between two other activities you really like.