MEDINA — Love is in the air at the Medina County Office for Older Adults.
A couple from the senior center started dating last July and announced on Valentine’s Day they are going to move in together, proving you are never too old for love.
Jackie Hopkins, 78, of Brunswick, said she started coming to the Office for Older Adults last year to meet some new friends.
That’s when she met Dale Lindsey, 67, of Medina.
“We’ve been inseparable ever since,” Hopkins said Friday. “We hit it off famously. He doesn’t mind the age difference.”
By all accounts, Hopkins has had a full life, one that allows her to relish having found love again.
Her two former husbands passed away. She is a stage four colon cancer survivor.
She’s also a mother of four, a grandmother of 12, a great grandmother of
20 and a great-great-grandmother of one.
The couple announced at the Valentine’s Day luncheon and dance Friday, which about 75 seniors attended, their plans to cohabitate in April at Huntington Square Senior Apartments, a55-and-older living complex.
Hopkins said she’s been trying to convince Lindsey to get married.
When asked if they were going to get hitched, Lindsey just smiled.
“I don’t know about that,” he said. “I’ve been a bachelor since I was in my 20s.”
He said he is a Vietnam veteran with PTSD and his previous girlfriend died of Lou Gehrig’s disease about 10 years ago.
He did say he’s happy to have found love at this stage of his life.
“It proves it can still happen,” Lindsey said. “I liked her personality and I liked her as a person. We hit it off right from the start.”
He said the 11-year age difference is a nonfactor.
Lindsey, a songwriter, singer and performer who sometimes performs with the Jolly Jammers at the senior center, said he considers himself a “romantic.”
He said he got her a card for Valentine’s Day and they made plans to go out to dinner following the dance.
He made only one request of his lady friend.
“He made me dye my hair blonde,” Hopkins said.
She said she’s been “totally amazed” by finding love at her age. Hopkins said she hadn’t been in a relationship for a number of years.
“Then, this popped up. It’s been great,” she said. “You’re never too old to find love. Don’t give up. You never know when you’ll meet up with someone.”
Jenny Kiousis, activities coordinator, said another couple got married a few years ago after meeting at the Office for Older Adults. She likened the senior center to the Medina County version of Match.com.
“Come find love at the senior center,” she joked Friday.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at email@example.com.