Joy looks for her ideal man at 63
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
At 63, Joy believes she is ready to meet the man of her dreams ? the problem is she can't seem to find him anywhere
'I don't know what men are looking for these days ? they must all want Elle MacPherson,' Joy (pictured) said.
'I need a companion, someone to look after me and someone to love.'
Having been on the prowl for more than 15 years, Joy said she began to lose hope after placing an advertisement in the paper and having no "decent men'' respond.
'I put an ad in some years ago, but the fellas that rang up found out I was a pensioner and didn't own my own house or a car and they said they weren't interested,' she said.
According to Relationships Australia Gladstone manager Leonie Lorien, Joy is not alone.
'The challenge for older people is often to make a fresh start to meet new people who have shared interests and to feel re-energised about living,' she said.
Joy said her dream man was someone who would take her out and get to know her. She said she wasn't after a toy boy or someone who would take advantage of her, but rather a companion.
'I want someone with a bit of intelligence and a bit of common sense ? someone who thinks I'm not too old at 63,' she said.
Joy said she wanted to go out and have some company, and hoped she would find someone who would like her for who she is.
'I don't smoke or drink and I keep myself looking nice; I make all my own clothes, I cook well and I eat right, I look after myself but I just want to find a fella the same, someone who's come from the right side of the track,' Joy said.
Joy said she was restricted in her social outings because she did not have a car and lived on a pension but, she said, when she did meet men they weren't her type.
'When I go out there's no eligible bachelors ? the ones that go out wear singlets, stubbies and thongs and they just go out to drink, I want to find a nice gentleman, someone I can trust,' she said.
Joy said she wanted to find out what it was men her age were interested in and how she could find someone who would be interested in a relationship.
'I don't know where to look for a man ? I'm at my wit's end, my patience is getting low and I just want to know what type of lady they want,' she said.