How to deal dating an olderman

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11, 2000 -- When Tamara Latorre met her boyfriend, she was 32 and he was 43. The 20-year age difference between them didn't trouble her. Three years later, they're happily living together on a four-acre horse farm in southeastern Massachusetts.

One couple Rubin saw in private practice met when she was in her early 20s and he was in his late 50s, a dashing and successful businessman and musician.

"Their marital relationship is really nil," says Rubin.

"He's been ill and needs her help." Despite the problems the age difference can bring, the gap often does have perks for the younger partner, including financial stability.

When Latorre spends her evenings studying, he sometimes complains that she's ignoring him, she says.

"I tell him I'm doing this so you can retire and I'll be able to earn money for us," she says. She studies only on weeknights and he often joins her.

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