As we enter the 21st century, the baby boomer population advances in age as well. In fact, with the large mass of baby boomers now approaching senior citizenship, we are expecting there to soon be more 85 year olds than 5 year olds1. Additionally, there are likely to be more females than males in proportion1. Right now, there are 41 males for every 100 females most likely due to health factors. This means that there is bound to be a large number of widowed or single senior women.
Often, women have had to care for others their whole lives. Many got married at a very young age and had children shortly after. As time moves along, our children, spouse, and other people we care for mature out of our hands’ reach sometimes leaving us without the sense of identity we once had set for ourselves. Not only are children growing up, but we have more women than ever who have chosen to not have children. This makes it even more important to look after oneself, and to rediscover what life has to offer. Taking value in this second half of life also can lead you to enjoy it longer than our parents did. The findings to these studies show that there are going to be a growing number of single older women than there have been in the past. It is up to us to find the emotional support that we need in one another.
Now, I know you have probably come across many articles discussing how to live a longer life through diet and exercise. With all of the one sided, conflicting arguments, many of us have become so sick of trying to make sense of it all. I want to soon discuss with you different ways you will likely improve your health physically, and also mentally and emotionally. Having there be a growing community of aged single women alongside our growing technology of information and communication, this is a perfect opportunity to come together and support your older years. There are some women who use this time to meet others and do activities they never would have been able to do caring after a husband or family. This can be exhilarating while also beneficial to your health at the same time. The best way to unlock a new healthy life is to get to connect with other women and provide information for one another from valuable sources.
Emotionally, and mentally, it is important to take time to relax with yourself. Even though you may not be working or raising a family, it is still possible to become stressed. Likewise, it is equally important that you take time for yourself to take a bath or listen to calming music every now and then. Don’t have too high expectations for yourself. This is mainly a quick introduction to my soon to be informational blog, but I really hope you find as much of an interest in optimistic aging as I do. I want to hear your questions and ideas, as I will be posting relevant news articles and psychological studies to help us learn together this phenomenon of aging.
1Cox, H. (2012). Annual editions: aging 11/12. (24 ed., pp. 3-6). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.