When it comes to dating, the task of finding a partner can be difficult for anyone, but when you're over the age of 50, you meet an all new set of obstacles.
Not only do these individuals have more complicated lives than they did 30 years ago, chances are they have health ailments or are set in their ways, which can make them appear less attractive to potential partners.
One person who knows this plight all too well is a 69-year-old man, who has asked a court in the Netherlands to legally change his age to 49.
"When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer."
Earlier this year, Dutchman Emile Ratelband asked the court to decrease his age by 20 years, in an effort to be more enticing to younger women, only to have his bid rejected.
But, that isn't stopping Ratelband, who was born in 1949, from dropping his legal battle, and is now suing his local authority for failing to modify his age on his official documents.
Ze wenste mij meer dan t beste voor 2015 pic.twitter.com/mMbQ3QKmGe— Emile Ratelband (@EmileRatelband) May 17, 2015
Ratelband argues that since transgender people are allowed to legally change their gender, he should be given permission to change his birth year.
"Transgender people can now have their gender changed on their birth certificate, and in the same spirit there should be room for an age change," he said, adding that his doctor said he has the body of a 45-year-old.
"I have done a check-up and what does it show? My biological age is 45 years."
"When I'm 69, I am limited. If I'm 49, then I can buy a new house, drive a different car. I can take up more work," Ratelband argued.
"When I'm on Tinder and it says I'm 69, I don't get an answer. When I'm 49, with the face I have, I will be in a luxurious position."
However, finding love isn't the only reason Ratelband is seeking to take back his youth.
"For whom did your parents care [for] in those years?"
According to Ratelband, his mature age has made him a victim of constant discrimination.
The entrepreneur and media personality claims that due to his senior status, companies are reluctant to hire him in a consultant position, making him virtually unemployable.
Ratelband also told the court that his decision to rewind his age would benefit the government, as they'd no longer have to send him his pension.
Although the judge sympathized with Ratelband, and agreed with his argument on the acceptance of being transgender, they questioned him on how a newly reduced age would signify for the 20 years he lived through in 1949 to 1969.
"For whom did your parents care [for] in those years? Who was that little boy back then?" the judge asked.
The court will make its ruling in four weeks time.
[H/T: Daily Mail]