According to a study by the Pew Research Center, about 27 percent of American seniors live solo. They can include your aging parent or other loved one. Many are widowed or divorced. What is it like for them and what does it take to have a satisfying life?
Retired business manager (RM), age 65, is an example of making a success of the journey. As she put it, “I wake up alone every morning and I go to bed every night alone.” She is reasonably healthy and does a lot of walking. She had a failed marriage when she was young and has two adult children and a grandchild. There is not a lot of family togetherness. She married another man later in life, but his alcohol dependency ruined that and she divorced him.