Harvard Women's Health Watch

The challenges of living alone

Nearly 40% of older women (8.1 million) live alone. Living alone can foster a sense of independence, but it can also raise health and safety risks. It’s important for women who do live alone to stay socially active by keeping in touch with friends and family in person and online. Making home modifications can also help improve safety for women who live alone. Women should consider moving into a group living situation if they are less able to care for themselves or they’re not in good health.
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