When imagining our later years, many envision family by our side. But, with more Americans choosing an independent lifestyle and a growing number of adults living without a spouse or partner, the trend of aging solo is on the rise. In fact, more than 20 percent of adults 65 and older are aging independently or anticipate doing so in the future, according to AARP.
Commonly referred to as “solo agers,” many adults are navigating their later years alone – whether they are single by choice, widowed, divorced or separated. Some health care experts have broadened the definition to include those with long-distance or unavailable caregivers.
While many solo agers embrace their independent lifestyle and enjoy the freedom that comes with living alone, others may find this reality daunting.
According to Home Instead gerontologist and caregiver advocate, Lakelyn Hogan, “Growing older can feel overwhelming at the best of times, even with great resources and a strong network of family and friends to help guide the way. With so many decisions to be made, it can often feel easier to just delay planning to avoid making difficult life choices. But planning ahead can make all the difference.”Whether you identify as a solo ager, or know someone who could benefit from creating a plan for the later years, consider the following tips to help older adults safeguard their future.5 Must Dos When Planning to Age Alone
While establishing future decisions may not seem like a priority right now, a specific plan can help families and their loved ones feel more prepared for the later years of life. For more information on how to confidently plan for the future, visit
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