Listen to Ron's Encore Interview with Carol Marak
Solo Aging Advocate and Coach
When we plan for our later years, most of us consider factors like health, housing, financial security, lifestyle and caregiving, but we tend of overlook one distinct possibility: What if end up aging alone? Recent studies have found that between 30 and 35% of older adults in the U.S. are expected to age alone within the next decade. About 45% of older women will find themselves aging solo. Many of these “elder orphans” have no assistance in making financial decisions, no designated caregiver, little access to transportation, and no help in times of crisis. In today’s episode, host Ron Roel talks with Carol Marak, one of the nation’s premier experts in solo aging, about how to plan a safe and independent older life — even without family. Drawing initially from the experiences taking care of her parents, Carol created her own plan for self-care, self-reliance, and creating a family-like community; now she teaches other solo adults how to do the same. Carol will explain how to avoid some of the potential adverse effects of aging alone; describe specific ways to map out a solo aging plan; and how to access unique resources, such as her Group Coaching Support services and Elder Orphan Facebook Group. The ultimate goal: Helping people build the kind of strong support system they’ll need to solo age with confidence.
Featured Guest: Carol Marak
Carol Marak is a solo aging advocate and coach, as well as the most widely recognized authority on topics related to aging alone in the years ahead. She is publisher of CarolMarak.com and founder the Elder Orphan Facebook Group, which has been cited in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, NPR and AARP. She offers Solo Living Group Support Coaching and private coaching, in addition to a Solo and Smart Course. Carol is a noted speaker at universities and conferences such as Leading Age and the Society on Aging. Her forthcoming book, SOLO and SMART, will be published in 2022.
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