Single 'Boomers' Struggling as They Age: Study04/13/12
FRIDAY, April 13 (HealthDay News) -- Single baby boomers
generally have poorer health and less money than their married
counterparts, a new study says.
The first of the 79 million baby boomers (those born between
1946 and 1964) in the United States reached age 65 in 2011. About
one-third of baby boomers are unmarried because of divorce, the
death of their spouse or because they never married.
Researchers examined national data and found that the number of
unmarried boomers has increased by more than 50 percent since 1980,
and that many single boomers have difficult lives.
The study appears in the April issue of the journal
"Unmarried boomers are disproportionately women, younger and non-white," study authors I-Fen Lin and Susan Brown said in a journal news release. "They tend to have fewer economic resources and poorer health."
Even though they have higher rates of disability, single boomers
are less likely than married boomers to have health insurance.
Widowed boomer women have less money and poorer health than
divorced or never-married boomer women. Among single male boomers,
those who never married have less money and are more likely to live
The researchers also found that 19 percent of single boomers
said they received food stamps, public assistance or supplemental
Social Security income, compared with 6 percent of married
The U.S. National Institute on Aging offers resources about
health and aging.
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