Senior Women More Mentally Prepared for Retirement

Megan Ray  |  November 8, 2011

The number of baby boomers who will enter retirement without spouses or children is rising, and women may be more prepared for the transition than men.

According to a recent report by the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics, the numbers of baby boomers who live by themselves has risen nearly one third over the past 10 years, The Daily Mail reports. The trend is seemingly generation-specific and linked to the decline in marriages and more divorces, the office reported.

AlterNet reports that women may be more psychologically prepared to go it alone than men. While these women - the first generation to work largely outside the home - are throwing themselves into social groups such as book clubs or lifelong learning courses, men tend to rely on their wives, not a larger social circle, for mental stimulation and companionship as they age.

While some men are involved in small groups of friends who meet regularly, many more choose to sit at home and experience too much social isolation, the news source reports. Those who live in senior living communities may have more opportunities to stay socially and physically active so they can enjoy their "third chapter." 

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