Many of us have experienced the heartbreak of divorce after long years of marriage, but have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves down and thought to ourselves, 'There's life in the old girl yet' before getting back in the saddle.
Unfortunately, not many of us are blessed with children as liberal as they'd like to think themselves, so upon being told that their old mum has found herself a new man friend, our offspring are likely to make a face, possibly accompanied by a 'Yeugh' noise.
But why this ageist attitude to over-50s finding new love? Sure, our bodies may not be as firm and toned as they were in our 20s, but that doesn't preclude a new lover finding it just as exciting.
Rowan Pelling, the Daily Mail's agony aunt, deals with this situation in this week's column, as a reader aged 72 writes in to complain about her children refusing to listen to her tales of new-found happiness.
"My partner's children roll their eyes, and when I've tried to talk to my daughter about my love life (having listened to her romantic problems for years) she says she 'can't cope'," the reader explains.
"Why are people so hostile to older lovers?"
Relationship expert Rowan believes the answer lies in society's perception of erotic love, and how it presumes to be the preserve of the young.
"There's a misconceived cultural prejudice which leads some people to think pensioners who have sex are behaving inappropriately," the writer posited.
"The only way to counter such prejudice is by keeping your head held high and continuing to behave fondly."
Of course, if you show affection to your new paramour by sticking your tongue down his throat in public, your offspring's distain may be justified, but by taking it slowly and ensuring there is no audience to your displays of affection, women in their 50s and older can enjoy a new lease of life with someone by their side.