Up and down the age scale The researcher found as expected that women had a preference for male partners their own age or a little older. These included heterosexuals, homosexuals and bisexuals. The intolerance factor While couples often work out the age gap, their families and friends may still not be very accepting. At its best, the end of life can be another path for intimacy. Jane Meredith Adams has been a staff writer for The Boston Globe and has written for numerous other publications. And as he grows older, he will be more interested in younger women. Sometimes, people aren't even looking for the right partner online; it just happens. In certain Hollywood and corporate circles, especially among financially successful men, the practice is so common that these younger women, usually second wives, have been given the disparaging nickname of "trophy wives. While a younger woman may end up being the caretaker of her older husband, the relationship may have begun with the premise that an older, more financially successful man will provide status, safety, and security for a young woman. Some couples rise to the challenge and experience new intimacy. An year-old is often attracted to older women. The study has now been published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology. He's got three kids: In lieu of verbal intimacy, sex may be a couple's bond, but with age and illness, the man's sexual performance may suffer, he says. An age difference of 15 or 20 or 35 years early in life may seem insignificant, but over time the age gap can mean that the younger woman is nursing an ill or dying husband just when she's in midlife and eager to be active.