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When I’m sixty four (will you still need me?) - the rise of the silver divorce


03/12/2012   By: Nigel Shepherd
We’re told that 60 is the new 40. This isn’t just wishful thinking on the part of those of us fast approaching that milestone. When the NHS was set up in 1948, male life expectancy was 66. The idea of a man of almost 70 strutting around a stage at the O2 Arena telling you to get off his cloud would have been unthinkable. Men are now expected to live until around 78 and women 82. Statistically, a third of girls and a quarter of boys born now can expect to reach their 100th birthday. But, as the Stones sang, "You Can’t Always Get What You Want", and the fact that we’re all living longer is reflected in a less happy statistic: the rise in so-called “silver divorces”. So why is it happening and are the issues faced by these couples and how we deal with them much different than they are for younger divorcees?

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