Once you pick up the Office of National Statistics information, you can hardly put it down. (See my previous blog “FRIENDS 1”).
The baby boomer generation changed lots of social attitudes, not least about marriage. If they married at all, they married later and many went on to divorce. Social ties for many baby boomers are much weaker than used to be the case in the past. Now for many single baby boomers, marriage is back on the agenda. In 2011 the number of those between 65 and 70 who got married rose significantly. Grooms in their late 60’s, increased by 25% to 3,520. Brides of the same age went up by 21% to 1,990. I guess the mismatch in these figures either means more men are marrying men, or they are copying George Clooney and marry a much younger woman 🙂 It could be that love blossoms again at 65 or just maybe there are some other reasons:-
- One house instead of two releases equity;
- Two sets of skills are better than one;
- Avoiding the prospect of a life alone;
- Two can live as cheaply as one;
- One car instead of two;
- A travelling companion in later life.
It may not be love at first sight but these reasons can be compelling in later life, in a way that did not come into mind when the baby boomers had not in the 1960’s started to think about the future.
Baby boomer “matching” could be a new trend in our extended later life society for those not blessed with a long marriage.