As a man hits his fifties he is more likely to consider a woman of his own vintage worthy of pursuit.
But with four adult daughters – and a sensible approach to the practicalities of relationships – he has his sights set on a woman his own age."If you are with someone 20 years younger, they've probably got a different life experience," he says.
"When you get to a certain age, you start to creak at the seams.
"Men are not coming to us and asking for a much younger model."Finding the right age match is not the only challenge that men on today's fast-paced, often cut-throat dating scene must contend with, however.
Many men also struggle when it comes to emotional intimacy."Older women are good at keeping female friendships, at networking and at keeping up with their favourite activities," says Kurland. They can become a bit isolated if they have been widowed or made redundant."I think it comes down to confidence.
So as a man grows older, while the upper age limit of his prospective partners rises, his lower limit hardly changes. While the likes of Mick Jagger, Hugh Grant and Leonardo Di Caprio appear to have little trouble attracting younger women, these men may well be the exception, rather than the rule: the study of more than 2500 people by researchers at Abo Akademi University in Finland suggested that older men interested in younger women might be condemned to a life of unrequited love. * Why age gaps in relationships are fine * No 'gaps' in our 45-year age gap relationship"Their potential interest in younger women is not likely [to be] converted into sexual activity," the authors write delicately.