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Aging solo is topic of professor’s Mayo Clinic Health System presentation

March 25, 2013

More people are living alone now than at any other time in history, and being single isn’t restricted to being young. Whether widowed, divorced or never married, nearly half of American adults over the age of 65 are single. Many also do not have extended family members living close to them.

“Aging Alone” will be the topic of a presentation by Elizabeth Levaro from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the education center at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie. Levaro is an assistant professor of human development and family studies at UW-Stout.

The talk, which is free and includes a light lunch, is part of the Optimal Aging Series. Registration ends Monday, April 1. For more information, click here.

Elizabeth LevaroLevaro will suggest ways to negotiate the challenges of aging solo, pointing to resources that can aid in dealing with the present, preparing for the future and describing the benefits experienced along the way.

At UW-Stout, Levaro specializes in social gerontology and adult development and aging. She teaches courses on early and middle adulthood; late adulthood; and death and bereavement.

Last year Levaro presented at Mayo Clinic Health System on “Seeking (and Sometimes Finding) New Love in Later Life,” which was based on her doctoral dissertation research on people ages 70 to 92 who pursue new relationships, mostly through online dating sites.

She also has done research on a modern type of relationship called living apart-together, in which couples in committed relationships choose to maintain separate homes.

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