Older Adults Living Apart Together (02-08-17)

Benson and Coleman have found that more older adults are choosing to “live apart together;” this new way of “co-habitating” has repercussions for home design, for example.  As a press release related to the Benson/Coleman research details,  “Since 1990, the divorce rate among adults 50 years and older has doubled. This trend, along with longer life expectancy, has resulted in many adults forming new partnerships later in life. A new phenomenon called ‘Living Apart Together’ (LAT)—an intimate relationship without a shared residence—is gaining popularity as an alternative form of commitment. . . . while the trend is well understood in Europe, it is lesser known in the U.S. . . .  Benson and . . . Coleman . . . interviewed adults who were at least 60 years old and in committed relationships but lived apart. The researchers found that couples were motivated by desires to stay independent, maintain their own homes, sustain existing family boundaries, and remain financially independent.”  Benson and Coleman’s study was published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

“Older Adults Embracing ‘Living Apart Together.’” 2017.  Press release, University of Missouri, http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2017/0209-older-adults-embracin...