In Coming Decades, More Senior Americans Will Lack Close Kin
My husband’s grandmother is in her eighties and almost blind, yet she has lived alone since the death of her husband in 2015. That’s possible largely because several of her sons and daughters live nearby, visit frequently, and happily take her to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store, church, and anywhere else she wants to go. On holidays, she can choose between hosting dozens of relatives for a potluck dinner or visiting one of her children. Her closest friend, the widow of one of her brothers, lives just across the street. Few seniors have access to such a strong network of support—and due to declines in marriage and fertility, it appears still fewer will enjoy it in the future.