Many men and women are seemingly rejecting those cougar and sugar-daddy stereotypes, as some experts are seeing that a substantial portion of middle-age and older singles are willing to choose partners who are younger than themselves. Data seem to support that idea: A 2003 AARP survey of about 3,500 single men and women ages 40 to 69 found about 66 percent of men want to date younger women and 34 percent of women want to date younger men. Celebrities like actor and director Mel Gibson, whose partner Rosalind Ross is 35 years his junior, and director Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose husband, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is 24 years younger than her, apparently agree with that notion. But what might the real benefits of dating someone younger be? Turns out, experts say compatibility between two people who just happen to have an age gap isn't as unusual as we may think.
If you've only been on a few dates with this guy, it's too soon to pry, and you can absolutely decide not to go out with him again. If, however, you've gotten to know each other a little better, you can certainly ask (gently and without obvious distaste) what that relationship was like and why he dated someone so much younger than himself. If his answer seems fairly self-aware and mature, you might learn to move past it; if you find yourself turned off by what he saw in his much younger girlfriend, you're free to stop seeing him.
Police in southern Germany say a woman found by officers during an eviction may have been held captive by her mother for years. The 26-year-old was found by chance in a locked room when officers entered a flat in the city of Rosenheim. Her 54-year-old mother threw herself down a stairwell in an apparent suicide attempt as police tried to enter the flat. She was badly injured and taken to hospital, police said in a statement. The younger woman, who was described as "mentally disabled", was taken to a specialist hospital.
Women have younger brains than men the same age. A study basing age on metabolism rather than birth date found an average 3.8 year difference between men and women. The discovery may help explain why women are more likely than men to stay mentally sharp in their later years. All brains get smaller with age, and it was already known that men's tend to shrink at a faster rate. To investigate the differences further, Manu Goyal at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis and colleagues looked at the brains of 205 men and women ranging in age from 20 to 82.