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Divorcing late in life? Beware the potential health consequences

When you first realized your marriage was headed for divorce, you may have experienced a roller coaster of emotions. Whether you and your spouse have always lived in Florida or, like many, chose it as the location for your retirement years, you have likely shared many memories together that involve your children, grandchildren and friends. You'll carry those memories with you; however, determining that ending your marriage is the best option to resolve your current problems will definitely affect you in more ways than one.

Divorcing late in life can have many impacts, especially on finances, that those who divorce in their earlier years may not have to deal with. In addition to financial and legal issues, a late-life divorce can take a toll on your health as well. Many resources for support could help you overcome any and all problems that arise as you negotiate a settlement and lay the groundwork for a new lifestyle.

Don't ignore signs of ill-health

It's no secret that you will be faced with many tasks as you navigate divorce proceedings. These tasks can range from filing paperwork in court to trying to resolve any disagreements that arise between you and your spouse regarding property division, assets or other important issues. In the meantime, it is critical that you take care of yourself because stress can have lasting negative repercussions. The following list includes common health problems those who divorce late in life often suffer:

  • It is not uncommon for people to become sedentary following a late-life divorce. Decreased physical activity can take a toll on your blood pressure and glucose levels and can negatively affect your emotional and spiritual health.
  • As the polar opposite of becoming sedentary, many people engage in high-risk behaviors once they are no longer married. Such behaviors often lead to promiscuity, substance abuse, overspending or overeating.
  • You may find yourself suffering from insomnia when the spouse who shared your bed for so many years is no longer there.
  • Even though you chose to divorce, it is common to experience intense feelings of loneliness or isolation after things are settled.

The aging process has natural consequences on a body, but that doesn't necessarily mean you cannot continue to remain active and live a happy, healthy lifestyle. If you are experiencing adverse health symptoms (at any time, not just in relation to your divorce) it is a good idea to request a medical diagnosis. As for emotional symptoms or legal problems, you can tap into local resources to obtain guidance and support for those issues as well.

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