A key factor in aging well is having a reliable social support system (family and friends). Due to the changing demographics in the United States, it is estimated that 20-30% of the population over the age of 65 live alone and will age alone. The strict definition of a solo ager or elder orphan is someone who lives alone, has no children, and does not have a life partner. But a broader definition of solo aging highlights the reality that we are ALL at risk of “going solo” due to circumstances—the death of a spouse or partner, a divorce, or geographic isolation from family and friends. The consequences of aging alone are numerous and extensive: a lower quality of life, a shorter life expectancy, complications in the caregiving journey, and physical isolation leading to an enhanced sense of loneliness. So, how can we proactively reinforce and expand our social support systems to avoid the negative consequences of aging solo?
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