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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Shank

How the Gray Divorce Impacts Housing and Retirement

Updated: Apr 2

Gray divorce is a rising trend in the United States, with the divorce rate for people over 50 increasing by 200% in the past 25 years. This trend has a number of implications for housing and retirement, as older adults who are divorcing may need to find new housing arrangements and adjust their retirement plans.

One of the greatest challenges for older adults who are divorcing is finding affordable housing. Woman’s standard of living typically declines by 45% after a divorce. Making it financially difficult when it comes time to move to long term care facilities or nursing homes.

Here are some of the impacts of gray divorce:

  • Increased demand for services: As more older adults divorce, there will be an increased demand for senior care facilities and nursing homes. This is because many older adults who divorce will need to find new housing arrangements, and some may need assistance with daily living activities.

  • Financial challenges: Many older adults rely on their spouse for financial support. When they divorce, they may have to find a new way to pay for their living expenses, including housing, food, and healthcare.

  • Social isolation: Some older adults who divorce lose their social network, which can include their spouse, friends, and family members.

  • Mental health challenges: Divorce can be a stressful and emotionally draining experience. Older adults who divorce may experience feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety, and loneliness.

Another challenge for older adults who are divorcing is adjusting their retirement plans. When two people are married, they often pool their resources and plan for retirement together. However, when they divorce, they need to create separate retirement plans. This can be difficult, especially if they have different financial goals.

It is important to be aware of the challenges that older adults who divorce may face. There are a number of resources available to help older adults who are going through a divorce, including counseling, financial assistance, and social support groups.

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