When it comes to dating later in life, people sometimes wonder how gender roles apply. Sandy Weiner, dating expert and founder of LastFirstDate.com, suggests that as people age, their hormone levels change as well and traditional gender roles soften and blur. Women might become stronger and more career-focused at the same time that men are becoming more sensitive and less focused on their own careers. Neither person should abandon his or her traditional gender role, but instead be open to the changes that aging brings. Example: A woman might be more forward and signal romantic interest while still giving the man the option to actually ask her out. As in all matters of dating, honest and open communication is crucial.