Divorce rates have always been higher among Baby Boomers. Even as that demographic ages, they’re continuing to divorce at higher rates than the rest of the population.
That influx of older divorcees is starting to have a significant effect on elder care matters. In the past, end-of-life decisions and estate-planning issues were often handled by an individual’s spouse. But that situation is complicated when the spouses are divorced.
Amy Ziettlow is a scholar with the Institute of American Values and co-author of “Homeward Bound: Modern Families, Elder Care, and Loss,” which examines the intersection of modern families and elder care. She discusses the various ways divorce is changing the way modern families handle elder care and estate planning.