Cohabitation among Older Adults
A middle-aged couple.



How to Cite

Smith, Suzanna. 2012. “Cohabitation Among Older Adults: FAR3040/FM436, 3/2012”. EDIS 2012 (7). Gainesville, FL.


“Most of the time when we think about cohabiting couples, we imagine younger adults who are living together before they get married, or instead of marrying. But, according to the 2000 census, there are more than a million individuals over the age of 50 who are cohabiting, and this number is increasing as baby boomers reach their 50s and 60s.” This 2-page Family Album Radio transcript was written by Suzanna Smith and published by the UF Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, March 2012.


Brown SL, GR Lee, and JR Bulanda. 2006. "Cohabitation among Older Adults: A National Portrait." Center for Family and Demographic Research. Bowling Green State University. Working Paper Series 2005-06. [April 13, 2012].

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. "The significance of nonmarital cohabitation: marital status and mental health benefits among middle-aged and older adults." [April 13, 2012].