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In Your 60s and Solo? Embrace It! Being Single Over 60 Is Trendy!

By Lori Martinek December 27, 2023 Lifestyle

Are you in over 60 and single? Whether you find yourself solo by choice or by chance, embrace your independence! You’re certainly not alone.

Being Single Over 60 Is Trendy

There were just over 40 million adults ages 65 and older in 2014, representing 13 percent of the US population according to the US Census. That percentage is expected to increase to 20 percent in 2030, when the entire Baby Boomer generation will be 65 or older. America is getting older, much older – and it is also becoming more single.

The same Census data revealed that single persons made up more than half of the population in 27 of the 50 states and that 34 million people (28 percent of the US population) were living alone – up from 17 percent in 1970. More Americans are living alone and liking it. Life does not require a partner to participate.

Today’s singles (of all ages) are leading full lives, are happy with their lifestyle and are enjoying their independence. And – they are far from lonely or isolated. Studies have shown that single men and women tend to be more social and involved in their community and with their families than married couples, who often “turn inward” after coupling up. Solos tend to be a caring, social bunch.

The reality is that most Americans will spend more time solo than in a married or committed relationship over their lifetimes, and especially as they grow older. Solo is no longer just “a stop” on the way to “a happy ending.” For many, it has become a lifestyle choice and, often, the destination. For some, it’s an unexpected development or the unavoidable result of growing older.

This Is Your Time

If you are navigating your 60s alone, this is truly your time – whether you are retired or still working. Make it all about you. Plan for your financial and emotional goals. Create a strong sense of community so that you have a social, emotional or caregiving support network when you need one.

Retiring solo – and growing older in general – is all about choices. It is about choosing how to spend your time and with whom, and choosing to protect your health and strengthen it, so that you don’t have to fight to regain it in the future.

Most importantly, it is about choosing to begin. Regardless of what your life may be like right now, you have the power to make choices that improve it. Or as George Burns famously said, “You do have to get older, but you don’t have to get old.”

My book, Retiring Solo, outlines how to plan for a happy, healthy, independent future that includes good health, friends and community. It focuses on the benefits of being solo.

The Many Benefits of Being Solo

You don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself. Your days are yours to plan and enjoy. You can eat what you want, when you want and with whomever you want.

You have confidence that comes with age and experience. You’re not scared to ask for what you want or need, or to say “no” when necessary. Likewise, you can accept a “no” without being devastated.

Your money is yours to save, spend and care for. Financial decisions are yours to make.

You can travel when and where you want to. And you can be messy or neat. You can spend as little or as much time as you want with friends, dating or gloriously alone. It’s your call.

You’re happy with who you are and what you want from life. As a result, you no longer need to care about the Joneses and what they have, or what other people may think. You have confidence in yourself and you are happy. You may even be sassy. That’s a term that the Daily Mail coined to describe women who are in their “single sexy 60s.” I hope that it applies to you!

Embrace your single, 60 self and get ready to have your best year ever. You can make 2017 anything that you want it to be. Remember: The choice is yours – and yours alone – to make.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

What do you like about being single in your 60s? Do you find yourself spending more time with other women who are in the same situation? What advice would you offer to someone who is in their 60s and newly single? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

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Renee Lovitz

This can be the best time of your life!

Sandra Pfister

Well, I am not financially independent by a long shot – I watch every penny and running out of money before I die is a concern for me. OTOH, I am happily single after getting out of a long-term unhealthy relationship in my 60s (now 76). The comparison is amazing! I much prefer this life. I don’t think I could live with anyone again, I like my life too much. Yes, I would love the companionship and the cuddling – but the price is too high. Men in my age bracket have expectations I am unwilling to fulfill. I’d rather pinch pennies than go through that again. I have two dogs who I adore and who adore me right back. I have friends, I travel when money permits. My health is decent for my age. Unless a man can bring a LOT to my table, I will continue on this way.

Beth Rice

Well said Sandra, my cousin and I both early 60’s just had this conversation. We decided that our Prince Charming is not coming for us at this stage and yes, while lacking the physical touch we aren’t willing to put up with the way we have been treated by men in our past relationships. There’s an interesting documentary called Fair Play about the distribution of work women do vs men. Finally!!!!


I have remained “single” my entire life with no regrets. Had some wonderful relationships with men but didn’t see the need to get attached at the hip for a lifetime. i always said, “I don’t need a man to support me, buy a house with or have children with, so what’s the point in getting hitched.” Each to his own, but I love being in control of my own life, thank you very much!

Lori Martinek

I love this attitude and comment!


May depend where you live, how you live and financial circumstances. I’m 67 and on my last legs working….I hate where I live but moving costs and besides where….where do single seniors move that’s affordable…..

It’s your time only if you have money and health.


I totally agree Maria….just a heads up sixty&me…most articles written here are for the priviledged…and not the struggling senior

Beth Rice

👍 check out co housing. Most are not affordable but Boulder has some options that are doable – Sage.

Deborah Wolff

I am over 65 and am very happy single and living alone. I keep very busy and relish my peace of mind. Coming and going as I please and not having to answer to anyone is a virtue. I consider myself very fortunate. It is a challenging time in a womann’s life to be over 65 and solo. If you have the money and are financially secure, then it’s worth exploring.

Last edited 1 year ago by Deborah Wolff

The Author

Lori Martinek is a successful entrepreneur, author and mentor to new and aspiring business owners. She is the owner of Encore Business Advisors and the founder of MindingHerBiz, a pro bono project which helps women embrace small business ownership. Her latest book, Retiring Solo, is available on Amazon.

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