Good article today in The Guardian noting an important trend.
Not so much a seven-year itch as a 27- or 37-year one, the number of over-60s divorcing has risen by over a third in a decade. People born in the postwar bubble between 1946 and 1964 will be the first generation for whom living alone in old age may be the norm, with all the troubling related issues of caring, loneliness and financial security. The number of over-60s getting divorced is rising each year, with a record 15,275 in 2011. This compares with 13,554 the year before and 10,273 a decade ago. With one in five older people lacking the confidence to form new friendships and relationships, we might be looking at a future in which 4 million people could be facing loneliness and isolation.”