Friday, January 18, 2013

On Break-ups: A New 70-Year Itch?

If the dissolution of a lifelong career isn't traumatizing enough, how about the breakup of a just-as-long marriage?  Take Al and Tipper Gore (40 years). Ed and Midge Rendell (40 years). Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver (25 years). According to this article in the London Telegraph,  more and more 60-somethings are splitting as they try to reinvent themselves midlife.
Is this an inevitable consequence of the growing realization that you might, in "retirement," have several decades in front of you? Is there maybe a new phenomenon called the 70-year itch?
Please share any insights you may have and thoughts on saving a multi-decade marriage!
(And what do you think of that smarmy phrase "silver separations?")

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