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Over 50: Divorce, stress and your health

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2023 | Divorce |

Your health is always a priority. However, when you are “over the hill,” it becomes even more so.

With divorce over 50 on the rise, it is important to know that more than legal complications can emerge in these cases. Health complications also seem to be a risk.

Be aware of how stress can affect your health

Divorce can upheave everything you know. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that it is one of the most stressful experiences an individual can have in life.

It is also no secret that stress can lead to physical health issues, on top of potential mental and emotional issues. According to Psych Central, stress can lead to heart health concerns on top of other health conditions. If you are over 50, these health issues can have a much larger impact on you.

Therefore, it is critical to take steps to effectively manage the stress that comes with divorce. It is also key to monitor your health closely during this time and seek professional medical or mental health help if necessary.

2 particular things to know

You should not overlook any signs of stress, especially in divorce. However, if you are over 50, there are other unique concerns you should be aware of:

  • Overall health: According to U.S. News & World Report, research indicates a higher risk of divorced seniors developing mental health conditions like anxiety and depression. Stress is not the only cause of this either. There is a common concern of increased isolation at older ages as well, which can contribute to the development and persistence of these conditions.
  • Health insurance: As we have discussed in recent blog posts, getting a divorce could bring changes to your health insurance policies. However, there are more changes on the horizon when you are over the age of 50. You may be retiring soon, and shifting to Medicare instead of your North Carolina employer’s health insurance. Navigating these changes on your own can be stressful, to say the least. It is important to get informed and be prepared.

There is likely a lot on your mind as you go through a divorce. Yet, you must be cognizant of your stress levels and health, so you can take care of yourself and your future.