Much of society believes American households consist of a nuclear family: A man, a woman, and two children. Remarkably, the U.S. Census Bureau tells us otherwise — American households consist primarily of solo adults.
Accordingly, 35.7 million Americans live alone. That's 28 percent of household, an increase from 13 percent of households in 1960 and 23 percent in 1980. Demographers say delayed or foregone marriage, longer life expectancy, urbanization, and wealth have contributed to the trend.
Solo living was never a relevant topic to me until my parents passed away. Taking care of them took a bulk of my sisters’ and my time and if you ever cared for an older relative, you can relate. Caregiving is chock full of challenges, heartache, and stress—my wake up call. It illustrated the potential struggles that most adults will encounter.
That’s when I got on the stick to create a healthy, connected, and supportive lifestyle. Otherwise, my own aging circumstance would derail quickly since I have no spouse, partner, or adult children to rely on.
If it’s your first time to live alone or you’re a pro, here are a few strategies to smooth the rough spots.
Tips to get along when living alone
Read the full article, Empowering Techniques for Solo Agers.
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