Many boomers have been married before, have raised children, and are getting back into dating after a long time off the market. Here are some answers to common questions:

Q: What is the best way for a 60-plus person to meet a partner?

A: There isn’t a best way. There are many options — online dating, speed-dating events, classes, social groups, and the list goes on. The important part is to put yourself out there in some capacity, online or otherwise. If you decide to try online dating, there are sites like OurTime geared toward those 50 and older.

Q: Do you have any recommendations for meeting someone “in real life?”

A: Be approachable. Take your nose out of your phone. Smile at strangers. The best way to attract someone is to show that you’re open to meeting new people, regardless of whether you want to date them or not.

Q: What if the first date is not spectacular? Should you see the person again?

A: Go into a first date with no expectations. Simply having a nice conversation should be considered a success. If you’re on the fence about someone, or are curious to know a bit more, even “just to see,” then it’s worth going on one more date. Fireworks won’t always happen immediately.

Q: Is someone who has been married multiple times (or never married at all) a red flag?

A: Everyone has a story, so rather than making generalizations based on prior marital status, I would hear the story and use your judgment. Remember that “never married” does not equal “never had a long-term, committed relationship.”

Q: Should women lie about age?

A: No. It starts out a relationship on the wrong foot. And it makes your date think, “What else is she lying about?” It’s unfortunate that many men think they want someone much younger. The temptation can be strong, but just because people do it doesn’t make it right.

Q: What if you find out before you meet that your date lied about his or her age?

A: I do not recommend doing too much “research” before a first date; however, I know people will do their due diligence. Meet in a public place and, if it makes you feel more comfortable, share your whereabouts with a friend.

If you do find that your date has lied, decide if you’d still like to meet this person. Ask yourself if the lie was too egregious, if you think this person is lying about other things, etc. (I would not give the person the time of day if I found out that he or she was lying about anything.)

John Rosemond is off this week.