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Great Myths of Aging by Lenore T. Szuchman, Joan T. Erber

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5ENDINGS AND LOSS

All the good ones are either gay, married, or dead

People often assume that older widows don't get married because there just aren't enough single men to go around who can still enjoy a date. It's true that there are more single women than men in the older age groups, but the women are not all circling those few like sharks in the water. Obviously, there are plenty of women who are widowed and not dating, and for lots of reasons. But what about the ones who are dating? We would be wrong to assume that all of those women are hearing wedding bells.

Myth #34 If older widows date, it's to find a new husband

In 2012, widows accounted for 37% of women aged 65 and older (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living, 2012). It's generally assumed that these older widows would like to remarry and that when they decide to start dating, it's with the intention of finding a new husband.

Even if some older widows are hoping to remarry and are dating for the sole purpose of finding a new spouse, ...

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