Since the 1990s, the divorce rates among U.S. adults 50 or older has nearly doubled. The uptick is partially due to people living longer in general. With a longer life comes re-evaluation and a chance to leave an unhappy situation in the hopes of finding a fresh start.
In many cases, senior spouses are both financially stable. Therefore, money is not always the main issue. Divorcing couples may experience other struggles, such as tending to physical and mental health. While divorce is sometimes the best option, it is important to prepare for bumps along the road.
There are ways to stay strong and uplifted after a divorce later in life, which includes:
- Staying connected. Participating in social activities and engagements benefit a person at any stage in life. Our later years are no exception. Whether or not you have a partner, make sure you have a support system around you. This can be family or friends. Joining clubs, volunteering and doing things you love will increase personal connections.
- Taking on challenges. There is an uptick in retirees choosing to start their own businesses. Many have the time,knowledge and resources to begin personal and professional endeavors. However, running a small business does not appeal to all. On a smaller scale, many seniors enjoy tutoring, coaching and learning new skills.
- Letting go. After going through a divorce, it is important to give yourself time. Often, it is a painful process that requires healing. It can be hard to move on from past memories and experiences with your ex-spouse, especially later in life. However, there is no need to rush yourself. Give yourself space to mourn, then make sure you are open to other opportunities for happiness.