The new reality of dating over 65: Men want to live together; women don’t

The Globe and Mail article discusses the changing landscape for dating over the age of 65, and how the desired relationship outcomes between men and women diverge.

Research by IALH affiliates Dr. Karen Kobayashi, professor of Sociology at the University of Victoria, and Dr. Laura Funk, associate professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Manitoba, found that women 65 years and older who are dating prefer to live apart from their partner while the opposite is often true for men. These differences may be accounted for by a number of social factors including past relationships, financial impendence, and a sense of freedom. 

"Today... more older women are rejecting the downsides of the live-in relationship: the co-dependence, the daily tension within close quarters and the sacrifices made keeping a home, caregiving and doing the emotional legwork to keep their unions humming."

Read The Globe and Mail article here.

To learn more about Dr. Karen Kobayashi's research please click here