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Can gray divorce affect life expectancy?

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2021 | Divorce

While there is never an ideal time to divorce, specific circumstances can definitely enhance the difficulties of splitting from your spouse. Gray divorce, for example, can complicate your retirement plans and take a toll on your physical health.

Knowing some of the health risks of divorcing later in life can help you adequately prepare. With a commitment to self-care and an awareness of your needs, you can hopefully minimize the negative effects of getting divorced later in life.


Even in an unhealthy marriage, you may have still relied on your partner for support in certain areas of your life. The sudden departure of someone you have shared life with could put you in a tailspin. According to U.S. News, gray divorce could put you at risk of engaging in harmful behaviors including the following:

  • Substance abuse
  • Overeating
  • Promiscuity
  • Overspending

With the uncertainty that often accompanies divorce, you may make more impulsive decisions. Emotional instability may impair your ability to think about your future and make responsible choices that could compromise your health and safety. Your willingness to put self-care at the top of your priorities may help you combat this risk.


Another risk with the loss of companionship is loneliness.  Isolation and a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Keeping social interaction an integral part of your life can help you maintain meaningful relationships which bring purpose to your life.

Even though divorce may fill your life with uncertainty about your future, you can take control of your life. Setting goals, celebrating your accomplishments and maintaining a positive perspective can help you to get through your challenges and come out stronger.

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