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Divorce Boom Amongst Baby Boomers

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It seems that more and more baby boomers are heading into old age divorced. The New York Times had a very interesting article about the rise of divorce among adults 46 through 64. When you’re older, daily life can be more difficult alone as the article sheds light on.

Susan L. Brown, co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State, said the trend would transform the lives of many older people.

The elderly, who have traditionally relied on spouses for their care, will increasingly struggle to fend for themselves. And federal and local governments will have to shoulder much of the cost of their care. Unmarried baby boomers are five times more likely to live in poverty than their married counterparts, statistics show. They are also three times as likely to receive food stamps, public assistance or disability payments.

The article also includes statistics about the divorce rates amongst baby boomers, which sheds light on how real this divorce boom is.

Over the past 20 years, the divorce rate among baby boomers has surged by more than 50 percent, even as divorce rates over all have stabilized nationally. At the same time, more adults are remaining single. The shift is changing the traditional portrait of older Americans: About a third of adults ages 46 through 64 were divorced, separated or had never been married in 2010, compared with 13 percent in 1970, according to an analysis of recently released census data conducted by demographers at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio.

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Comments (3)

How depressing! Sort of makes a case for staying married but separate.

I am not hopeful that the divorce rate will ever improve!

When to date is up to how you feel. If you feel that your heart is ready to fall in love again then go for it. If not then wait a little while. Personally I think that once your lealgly divorced it is time to at least start going out and having some fun getting to know people and see what is out there. As for what they need to know and when, that is up to you but personally I think it really isn’t their business unless you want to date them on a more regular basis.

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