No Spouse, No Kids, No Caregiver: How to Prepare to Age Alone

"WHEN CAROL MARAK WAS IN her 30s, she asked herself whose life she wanted: her brother's – the life of a successful and well-traveled businessman – or his wife's – the life of a woman whose career better accommodated raising three children.

The answer was a no-brainer: 'My brother was in a position I wanted,' says Marak, now a 64-year-old editor at who lives in Waco, Texas. Although she had been married and divorced earlier in life, at that point she had no kids and "made a very conscious decision" to keep it that way, she says."


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