Monday, November 20, 2017

After 50. Is Shacking up, living together, and marriage worth it?

There seems to be little discussion of the late bloomers starting unions and marriages after the age of 50.  As a couples counselor and marriage therapist in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area I do not hear about the aging process among the happily elder couple. With magazines and Film industry’s emphasis on youth is there a place for the aging in love? The individuals that joined the marital wedding party upon their own invitation vs. crashing into a disastrous union might have merit.  Who are the people who just married late or who found good matches late in the game?  Are there any thoughts other than “going down to city hall" in middle age?

After the two failed marriages is the thrill of getting into a committed relationship long gone?  What the data reveals is that singles over 50 years of age are finding one another and creating healthy relationships.  These numbers not only are growing, but many of these couples over 50 are choosing to live together.  This new era of cohabitation proves beneficial on multiple levels ranging from financial, to companionship to quality of life.  So, finding or starting a happy relationship later in life leads to overall positives in embracing an enriched life.

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1 comment:

  1. Well, I can vouch that my “after 50” new relationship is totally worth it. We chose marriage, but lived together first. I’ve never been happier!