Alex O'Brien


Navigating the path of ageing as a single

Navigating the path of ageing as a single

For many reasons, tens of thousands of New Zealanders are finding themselves single as they enter their 60s and beyond.

It goes without saying that the ageing process can be a difficult one, made even more so if you have to go through it alone. Thankfully, there are some simple ways you can navigate the path successfully and with ease.

Form a strong support network

Having a support network is important at all stages of life, but particularly as we grow older. Just because you don’t have a partner doesn’t mean you don’t have people in your life who care about you. Having a strong family bond or good group of friends is essential for when you’re going through tough times. Making new friends can seem daunting at first, but you’ll learn it’s not much harder than it was when you were a kid. Read our article on making friends over 60 for some great advice on expanding your support network.

Get your affairs in order

It’s not a topic anyone likes to think about, let alone talk about, but with the rate of people living alone over 60 continuing to grow, it’s more important than ever to ensure you have all your end-of-life plans in place. Without a partner to discuss these issues with, it’s essential you disclose your wishes to other loved ones. Aside from planning a will and outlining your funeral wishes, you should think about how you’d like to spend your final days if the worst should happen. See our checklist to ensure you’ve planned ahead.

Never say “never”

Resigned yourself to the prospect of being single for the rest of your life? It’s never too late to get back into the dating game. More and more seniors are turning to online dating to meet likeminded people, whether just for friendship or something more. If you’re worried about stigma surrounding online dating, don’t. Millions of people are turning to the Internet to find a partner. Click here to read our tips for finding love.

Related links:

6 ways to make friends when you’re 60-plus

Why women need other women

I wanted to help my father die with dignity

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