Sixty and single

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Updated: 4/11/2007 2:49 pm
Many people reach the so-called 'Golden Age' of their lives and find themselves single again. Whether this is a result of late-life divorce or the death of a spouse, the situation can be quite devastating. Divorce or widowhood usually brings a disruption of established life routines. There are practical as well as emotional matters that need to be addressed. It's best to refrain from making major decisions, such as the sale of a house or a move to a new environment, until you have adjusted to your new single life. Usually a year of holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries must pass before you're ready to begin enjoying these events as you may have in the past. Once the grieving or adjusting period has been experienced, you will face new opportunities in your life. This could be the opportunity to experience things in life which were unavailable to you before because of other commitments. You may want to broaden your horizons by traveling, leading a charitable cause, developing new hobbies, or even starting your own business. This is a time in your life when you can focus on yourself and what makes you happy. You may feel refreshed with your new-found independence. Keeping an even balance with your family, friends, and outside activities is important. While some may view this period of life as lonely and devastating, in actuality it can be an exciting, enriching experience. For more information on leading a fulfilling single life, consult your health care provider.

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