Single versus Married

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by American Senior Fitness Association   View This Issue of Experience!

A recent study published in the journal The Gerontologist reported that single baby boomers generally have less money, as well as poorer health, than their married peers.
Those who appear to be struggling the most as they age are widows and men who never married, according to a report on the study by HealthDay, an affiliate of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The United States’ population of approximately 79 million baby boomers — persons born between 1946 and 1964 — began turning 65 in 2011. Roughly a third of the group are not married due to divorce, the death of a spouse or because they never got married.

The study’s authors I-Fen Lin and Susan Brown said in a news release distributed by The Gerontologist journal: "Unmarried boomers are disportionately women, younger and non-white. They tend to have fewer economic resources and poorer health."

Widowed boomer women were found to have less money and worse health than divorced or never-married boomer women. Regarding single boomer men, those who never got married were found to have less money and were more likely to live alone.

Single boomers have higher rates of disability than married boomers, but are less likely to have health insurance. Compared to six percent of the married boomers assessed by the study, 19 percent of the single boomers said they received food stamps, public assistance or supplemental Social Security income.

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