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'Survival' tips for 50-somethings omit the most important: stay married.
Nicole M. King | Mar 15 2017 | comment 

The News Story: Surviving Divorce After 50
A record number of adults are divorcing later in life—the so-called “gray divorce” revolution. A recent CNBC piece counsels such divorcées how to handle splitting up without going broke.
Among the advice is to decide whether or not you can live off of what remains to you after the divorce. (What happens if you can’t? The story doesn’t say.) In addition, “educate yourself on the basics” of day-to-day finances, and change your beneficiaries. Also, “consider selling the house”: according to financial planner Crystal Alford-Cooper, “One of the biggest challenges we face is divorcees who tend to be female who have been homemakers or have earned less. . . . A large percentage of women can’t afford to stay in their homes.”
As if that weren’t enough, research indicates that “a large percentage of women” face problems more than financial when they find themselves alone. But would the media (or the feminist establishment) consider counseling such women to do their best to remain married, instead of trying to ameliorate the negative consequences of a divorce?
Of course not.
(Sources: Katie Young, “Surviving Divorce After 50,” CNBC, March 2, 2017.)

The New Research: The Health Issues of Unmarried Baby-Boomer Women
Fully aware of the national retreat from marriage in recent decades, the authors of a new study set out to determine whether new marital patterns had changed the relationship between wedlock and health. To answer this question, the researchers pore over data collected from 4,574 women born between 1933 and 1942 and from 2,098 women born between 1947 and 1957. With these data, the researchers gauge the relationship between these women’s marital status and their vulnerability to chronic diseases and functional limitations. Their findings are hardly reassuring.
The overall pattern that the researchers limn in the data is quite clear: “being currently married was associated with fewer functional limitations and risk of several chronic diseases compared to being divorced/separated, widowed, and never married.” What is more, the pattern emerges in both of the generational samples: “In both cohorts,” the researchers remark, “marriage was associated with lower disease risk and fewer functional limitations.”
The researchers find that “all types of non-married status were significantly associated with higher levels of functional limitations compared to the married women.” Similarly, the researchers found that marital status predicted the likelihood of the chronic diseases of hypertension, diabetes, lung disease, and arthritis. For instance, the researchers find that, “compared to married women, those who were divorced or separated were 31% more likely to have Hypertension (p < .01) . . . and those who were never married were 80% more likely to have Hypertension (p < .001).” Among the unmarried women in the study, the divorced/separated group manifested a more consistent vulnerability to chronic diseases than did the never-married group.
Understandably, the authors of this new study suggest that the relationship between marriage and marital status is a matter that their colleagues will want “to track in later members of the Baby Boom cohort, when higher rates of divorce and remaining single are even more common.”
Marriage has never counted for much among the progressives who have so decisively shaped American culture, but this new study gives those who truly care about women’s well-being reason to hope for a national reversal of the troubling retreat from wedlock. 
(Source: Bryce Christensen and Nicole M. King, “New Research,” The Family in America 30.1 [Winter 2016] Study: Nicky J. Newton et al., “Cohort Differences in the Marriage-Health Relationship for Midlife Women,” Social Science and Medicine 116 [2014]: 64-72.)
Nicole M. King is the Managing Editor of The Family in America. Republished from The Family in America, a MercatorNet partner site, with permission.
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Responding to a pro-euthanasia petition nearly two years ago the New Zealand government set up a public inquiry into "ending one's life in New Zealand". I certainly hope to end my life in NZ, although not in the way the petitioners had in mind. It turns out that 78 percent of the 21,000-plus Kiwis who made a submission to the committee of inquiry agree with me: they don't think we should kill the dying -- let alone all the other kinds of sick and unhappy people who are euthanased in other countries.
Today we publish an intervew with Dr Jane Silloway Smith, a researcher who has analysed the submissions and has launched a 16,000Voices campaign to let the country hear why their neighbours oppose euthanasia. Anticipating the end of the inquiry she says:
Taking a slightly idealistic view of representative government, we can hope that the Committee's report will accurately reflect the views of New Zealanders on euthanasia that they have heard - that is, after all, what the original petitioners asked for: "That the House of Representatives investigate fully public attitudes towards the introduction of legislation which would permit medically-assisted dying in the event of a terminal illness or an irreversible condition which makes life unbearable." 
The petitioners asked, the Committee sought submissions, and the public has spoken: 3 out of 4 Kiwis say no to euthanasia.
Well done, Kiwis! 

Carolyn Moynihan
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