During the past half century, the number of married couples in the U.S. has been steady declining. According to a study published in The Gerontologist, approximately one-third of Americans between the ages of 45-63 are currently single. Most of these have never been married, although many were once married but are now divorced.
In addition, the study also reveals that women have been having fewer children during these past five or six decades. What that means to Baby Boomers (those individuals born between 1946 and 1964) in or near retirement is a potentially smaller support system to help with life guidance and basic care.