Friends Play a Key Role in the Lives of an Increasing Demographic of Women Living Solo
Eshbaugh, Elaine M., Aging Today
According to 2010 U.S. Census data, more than 25 percent of all households consist of one person living alone, and many of these households are made up of older persons. Among individuals older than 65, women are more likely to live alone than men- a demographic occurring mainly because of women's increased life expectancy, and the tendency for women to marry (and outlive) an older male spouse.
These elderly women face the potential of social isolation and need services that encourage social connection.
My motivation to study this population is personal. About 10 years ago, my grandfather passed away, leaving my 75-year-old grandmother to live by herself for the first time …
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Publication information: Article title: Friends Play a Key Role in the Lives of an Increasing Demographic of Women Living Solo. Contributors: Eshbaugh, Elaine M. - Author. Magazine title: Aging Today. Volume: 33. Issue: 4 Publication date: July/August 2012. Page number: 9. © American Society on Aging Jan/Feb 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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