© 2022 MICHIGAN RADIO
91.7 Ann Arbor/Detroit 104.1 Grand Rapids 91.3 Port Huron 89.7 Lansing 91.1 Flint
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Tips for older single women facing retirement alone

Nawrocki Center is working to help older, recently-single people adjust to life on their own.
Public Domain
/
Nawrocki Center is working to help older, recently-single people adjust to life on their own.

 

Baby boomers are retiring. While many look forward to spending more time with their spouse in their golden years, others face retirement alone.

We were joined today by Sandy Olger, who’s starting that journey, and Lisa Beatty, an attorney with Nawrocki Center.

That firm focuses on seniors. It recently held a seminar on helping women who become single later in life. Whether they are widowed or divorced, they have to adjust to life on their own, socially, financially and otherwise.

“I think so often men have a job or a hobby that they do on a regular basis, where women, pretty much your family, taking care of your husband and so forth is your life,” Olger said. “You may work, but when you get home you’ve got all that to take care of, and then you don’t. It’s gone.”

Olger lost her mother and her husband within three weeks of each other.

“So many spouses are caregiving,” Beatty said, “and all of a sudden this spouse has passed, and they don’t know what to do.”

Listen to our full conversation above for more.

(Subscribe to the Stateside podcast on iTunes, Google Play, or with this RSS link)

 

Stateside is produced daily by a dedicated group of producers and production assistants. Listen daily, on-air, at 3 and 9 p.m., or subscribe to the daily podcast wherever you like to listen.