“Elder orphans” band together for support and advice (USA Today)

Having no children myself, I think a lot about who will manage my care when I’m older.  Or, more precisely, will my healthcare power-of-attorney know how to hire and manage the geriatric care manager who is managing my care?

This recent USA Today article addresses the topic of “childless seniors.  The author Kim Painter notes:

* About 20 percent of U.S. women now reach their 50s without having children, up from 10 percent in the 1970s.

* One third of middle-age adults are heading toward retirement years as singles, after never marrying, divorce or widowhood.

* Women are likely to be single or become single as they age, with more than 80 percent unmarried after age 85.

The article shares some ideas for possible living arrangements. Here’s a link to the article:


“Elder orphans” band together for support and advice
Kim Painter, Special for USA TODAY
6:06 a.m. EDT October 16, 2016