2010 census: Men narrowing gender gap of old age

by Lois Etienne on June 6, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Okay, according to an article from the Associated Press, the new 2010 census figures show that men are narrowing the female population advantage, primarily in the 65-plus age group. It says that this signals a shift in the social dynamics of a country in which longevity, widowhood and health care for seniors often have been seen as issues more important to women. Over the past decade, the number of men in the U.S. increased by 9.9 percent, faster than the 9.5 percent growth rate for women. As a result, women outnumbered men by just 5.18 million, compared with 2000, when there were 5.3 million more women than men.

If this current trend continues, men’s life expectancy will approach that of women in the next few decades, creating more of a gender balance in the oldest age groups. This has wide implications for family relationships in old age and caretaking, with more potential partners for older women.

So, we can look at this from two different angles. As we enter our golden years as women, we may have more “fellows” to choose from for card games or dances BUT we may also have to pick up his socks or make his dinner until we die!!!! I don’t know, ladies! What are your thoughts?

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