Episode 57: Dating And Stepfamily Life After 60

In this episode, we’re talking about something we haven’t tackled yet: relationships and marriage after 60. Settling down in your later years presents totally different blended family issues than what you face in your younger or midlife years.

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There are 73 million people over the age of sixty in the United States, or twenty-two percent of the total population – and that number is only growing. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 2050, the number of people aged sixty-five to eighty-nine will double, while the number of Americans over the age of ninety is expected to quadruple. And while much has been written about the economic needs and impacts of this aging population, there’s not much out there about the emotional lives of the age group.

My husband’s parents are in this demographic and they both got remarried the same summer we did. They had been divorced 16 years. And they both remarried the most wonderful people. I really hit the inlaw jackpot – and I’m not just saying that because they might listen to this!

But getting married after sixty – and in their case in their seventies – presented totally different blended family issues than what I faced when I married their son. They all had lived very full lives before they married. And they all had adult children – and while that certainly makes some things easier, it can present other issues that just weren’t top of mind for me and Craig.

Which is what we’re talking about in this episode. My guest, Nan Bauer-Maglin, is Professor Emerita at the City University of New York. She has published eight collections (six with coeditors) on topics such as stepfamilies, retirement, feminism, death, dying and choice, and older parenting. Her latest book is Gray Love: Stories About Dating and New Relationships After 60.

In Gray Love, Nan and her co-editor, Daniel E. Hood, have compiled a series of essays that provide a fascinating first-hand glimpse into the love lives of older Americans as they face the twilight of their lives.

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Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

Gray Love: Stories About Dating And New Relationships After 60

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