There’s no doubt about; I’m destined to be what they call an “elder orphan”: someone with no adult children, spouse, or companion to rely on for company or assistance.
I’m certainly not alone in this (not to put too much of a pun on it). The data suggests that 29 percent of noninstitutionalized older people live alone. That’s approximately 13.3 million of us! There’s even a Facebook page for elder orphans.
But, I argue, being independent has been a source of pride and pleasure for me, and I’ve manage quite well most of the time, thank you very much. So why should it be any different now?… Continue reading . . .