SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --- The Pew Research Center reports the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990s for people over 50.
On this Live, Live, Well, we're looking at some of the factors that turn wedding bells into divorce papers in mid-life. Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baker says she often sees marriages split up right after kids go off to college.
"It brings up that sense that their world is opening up and my world is getting narrower. When that happens, then you start feeling like, hey, I just need to do something, I want to be young and free and have a lot of options. But, it seems like I don't have that many," says Baker.
Here are some ways to prevent Gray Divorce. Don't allow resentments to build up. Deal with them right away.
Talk like friends. Don't just do problem solving like figuring out how you're going to get the car fixed.
Have fun together. That may mean trying some new things like a new restaurant or visiting a new city together.
Don't forget about physical affection. Just because you're over 50, that doesn't mean *that's* not important.
Dr. Baker also says if your partner doesn't want to go to counseling. You should go alone. It could still help save a marriage.
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