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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Prof Debora Price in The Telegraph on women over-65 getting married

15 March 2017

Prof Debora Price commented on the trend of women aged over-65 getting married in an article published by The Telegraph this week.

This followed the release of statistics which showed that more women are getting remarried late in life to avoid spending a long retirement alone. The marriage rate for over-65s increased by 56 per cent among women and 41 per cent among men from 2009 to 2014, according to figures released by the Office of National Statistics.

Marriage rates among older women have historically been much lower than among older men, as men tend to marry women who are significantly younger. While this gap is closing, marriages rates were still considerably higher for older men.

Prof Price commented that there is variation in the type of women who are remarrying in later life because of the growing popularity of divorce among younger women, coupled with more opportunities for divorced people to meet others. 

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