So, I recently read an article about how there has been a steady increase in the number of people aged 65 and over getting married and divorced.
Let’s Get Married
I have to say; I was quite surprised at the statistics. Take a look:
The number of brides and grooms aged 65 and over went up by 46% in a decade, from 7,468 in 2004 to 10,937 in 2014. The graph below shows a pictorial of the stats. The rate of marriage for male and females aged 65 and over has been on the increase since 2009, even when the results are looked at comparatively with the number of people who are single, divorced or widowed. Interesting eh?
Are they sticking it out?
“But older people are bucking the trend. In the same period, the number of men divorcing aged 65 and over went up by 23% and the number of women of the same age divorcing increased by 38%.”
Why are so many older people getting married?
In 2004, an average 65-year-old man could expect to live for a further 17 years and a woman for a further 20 years. Continuing a long-term trend, in 2017, this has increased to 19 years for a man and almost 22 years for a woman. The gap between male and female life expectancy is also narrowing.
Is it good or bad?
This is good news for families because it means grandparents can play more of an active role in the lives of their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. There’s even space for them to give back to their community by volunteering at their local school, being a governor perhaps? The older generation has so much to offer their communities. Hurray, they are living longer!