Adaptation is one of mankind’s greatest skills. And, we change with the times to meet our needs.
One of the latest trends to come out of having a large and aging population is called “living apart together”.
Divorced or widowed older singles are getting involved in intimate relationships, but maintaining separate residences.
The unspoken agreement for these late-in-life relationships is one that says “we’re committed to one another, but living our own lives. I want my independence and I want to keep my family and finances separate from yours”.
This trend started in Europe and was quickly adopted by Americans, mostly because of its practicality.
This kind of arrangement makes sense, but it’s critical to understand the risks. Discuss end-of-life plans and the location of important documents and emergency contact information.
Living together apart may be a new trend, but there are still old rules to follow.
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