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There are more single seniors today than ever before. A longer life expectancy combined with an increasing number of divorces later in life is a leading reason. Another is that more adults are choosing to remain single for their entire lives.
The National Institute on Aging estimates that by 2050, the United States will witness a 188 percent increase in the number of adults over the age of 65 and a 355 percent increase in people over the age of 85. Older Americans will likely outnumber younger ones for the first time.
Senior Divorce on the Rise in the United States
“Gray divorce” is a phrase used to describe the dramatic increase in the number of divorces that are occurring during retirement. Seniors in this country are getting divorced at twice the rate of their peers 20 years ago.
Researchers say gray divorce is linked to the following:
Those who find themselves single during retirement years might be reluctant to get back into the dating scene. It can also make their adult children concerned for their safety.
Seniors and Dating: Safety Tips for Expanding Social Networks
If you or a senior loved one is starting to date again, it’s important to know how to do so safely. This is especially true with so many people connecting through online dating sites and social media channels. Both can create unique safety risks.
Seniors have fallen victim to identity theft perpetrated by scammers who use dating sites to target older adults. These con artists prey on seniors who might be overly trusting or not tech-savvy.
Here are a few steps you can take to stay safe if you are connecting with someone online:
We hope these tips help you or a senior in your family safely build new friendships.
Expand Your Social Network at Sunrise Senior Living
It isn’t uncommon for a senior’s social network to shrink. Friends move away to be closer to adult children. And leaving the working world behind often means losing work friends, too. It can lead to fewer friendships and social opportunities.
Making new friends and enjoying social activities are a few of the leading reasons older adults cite for their decision to move to a senior living community. Visit the Sunrise community nearest you to learn how we help older adults live their best life every day!