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Kin - Older Adults With Weak Kinship Ties

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While most older adults are embedded in kinship networks, there is a minority who have weak ties. Those older adults who are most likely to have weak ties are those who have smaller kin networks, such as the divorced who are childless, particularly men, or the never married. Those who are older and without a spouse or children are most at risk for social isolation. Particularly vulnerable are unmarried childless women who are very old (age eighty-five and older) who have chronic illnesses or disabilities. These women are more likely than others to be institutionalized because they lack family members to provide support or assistance.



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