If you are currently over the age of 50 and getting a divorce in California, you have probably seen the news articles stating that grey divorces may negatively affect your health. While there is some truth to this statement for a few divorcees, it is not the situation for everyone. In fact, divorce can be tough on anyone, regardless of age.
U.S. News states that divorcees over 50 often face many psychological and physiological issues. These are often more likely for people who had pre-existing conditions at the time of divorce. Of all the health problems associated with divorce, depression and anxiety tend to rank the highest. Interestingly enough, this is often not from the divorce itself but the trauma many divorcees suffered while married. As a result, flashbacks and other symptoms of PTSD are also present.
Another reason people may struggle with divorce after 50 is isolation. It is well to note that it is not women who suffer the worst of this fate, but men. Why is this? In families, women generally bring families together for get-togethers and family dinners. Traditionally, they are also the parent with which children tend to spend most of their time. As a result, when couples separate, women tend to benefit from those cultivated relationships, while men miss out on the social events that were once coordinated by their wives. This may lead to intense feelings of loneliness.
In spite of all this, negative feelings after divorce are not only normal but may be temporary. For many people, it is just a part of the healing process as they move on to greener pastures. There is no undoing the past, but by focusing on a bright future and taking the steps to make it so, you may create a happy and healthy life after a grey divorce.
This article provides information on grey divorces and should not be used as legal advice.