Single Women in Solitude: A Slippery Slope

Today's older adults are more likely to live alone than previous generations. Millions of women 65 and over -- a full 36% -- live alone. The number climbs to nearly half for women 75 and over.

The reasons are varied. Women often outlive their spouses or partners, or see their children move away. Once widowed, older women are more likely to remain unmarried because men tend to marry younger women. There's been a steep decline in elders living with adult children or other relatives. And 90% of seniors say they prefer to age in their own homes.

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