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Solo Agers Can Find Independence in Planning and Advocacy

Older adults who lack the historically traditional support system of a spouse and/or adult children face greater challenges related to personal finance, access to healthcare and long-term care, and personal autonomy as they age. These individuals are commonly referred to as “Solo Agers.” The options available for most older adults to make major life decisions generally require another person to act on their behalf as a representative or advocate. Therefore, Solo Agers must use strategic planning and engage experienced advocates for a successful life in their later years.

Solo Agers

It is important to understand solo aging because many older adults fall into this category, and many more will become solo agers in the future. Solo aging can be full of joys and assets, but early planning is crucial to maintain choice, independence, and satisfaction throughout later life.