No Spouse, No Kids, No Caregiver: How to Prepare
to Age Alone

A growing population of ‘elder orphans’ lack a built-in support system. What to do if you become one.

According to a 2012 study in The Gerontologist, about one-third of 45- to 63-year-olds are single, most of whom never married or are divorced. That’s a whopping 50 percent increase since 1980, the study found. What’s more, about 15 percent of 40- to 44-year-old women had no children in 2012 – up from about 10 percent in 1980, U.S. Census data shows.

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