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Aging Children, Youth, and Families. February The U. Using U. Longer female life expectancy means that many married women will become widows. As a result, women typically spend more time being single, although this gender gap has declined dramatically since In31 percent of men and 37 percent of women ages 45 to 63 were unmarried, a 50 percent decline in the gender gap fromwhen 16 percent of men and 27 percent of women ages 45 to 63 were unmarried.
Today, Single baby boomers trends are shaping the high s of people who are single in middle-age and later. The baby-boom generation came of age during a period of tremendous family change: Divorce rates climbed to record highs during the s, cohabitation and nonmarital childbearing increased rapidly, and more people chose to never marry.
Compared to other generations, baby boomers are much more likely to be divorced. In fact, inover 58 percent of unmarried baby boomers were single through divorce. Inroughly 25 percent of all divorces occurred to people ages 50 and older. Additionally, a growing share of middle-aged and older adults simply never married—32 percent in Census Bureau researchers Rose Marie Kreider and Renee Ellis identified a threefold increase between and in the proportion of non-Hispanic white women ages 50 to 54 who never married, and a fourfold increase for black women.
A substantial amount of research links marriage with successful aging, and suggests that unmarried individuals are disadvantaged.
Innearly 20 percent of unmarried baby boomers were poor, compared with only 4 percent of married baby boomers. And although disability is rising among all middle-aged Americans, twice as many unmarried baby boomers, particularly those whose spouses died, report a disability compared with married baby boomers 22 percent vs.
Unmarried baby boomers are also less likely to have health insurance. As people age, family members become a vital source of support.
Single baby boomers are more likely to live alone, without children or partners to care for them. As the baby-boom generation ages, the larger s of single baby boomers will pose new challenges for existing programs and policies. New sources of support could include more shared and communal housing, offering support and social connections that family members would typically provide.
And community and activity groups may help unmarried baby boomers stay connected and healthy. Lori M. She is also editor-in-chief of Population and Environment.
Resource Library. Project Details Date March 6, Author Population Reference Bureau. To Marry or Divorce?
New Sources of Support for Singles As the baby-boom generation ages, the larger s of single baby boomers will pose new challenges for existing programs and policies. References Susan L. I-Fen Lin and Susan L.Single baby boomers
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