Old and Alone

  • Cheryl Russell


Free agents who enter old age with their marriages intact will be the lucky ones. They will account for most of the affluent elderly, with two Social Security checks and possibly two pensions in retirement. Couples will travel together and explore new interests. They may find their marriages improving after years of struggle. Studies show that midlife is hard on marriage. Marital satisfaction hits a low as parents raise preschoolers, the demands of children leaving little emotional energy for a spouse. But in later life, when children are grown and retirement allows husbands and wives to spend more time together, couples often experience a “second honeymoon.”


Marital Satisfaction Baby Boom Free Agent Security Check Emotional Energy 
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