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The second time around

Theresa Phillips, 68, and Joe Phillips, 81, cut the cake after their wedding ceremony in Spokane on July 20.
Theresa Phillips, 68, and Joe Phillips, 81, cut the cake after their wedding ceremony in Spokane on July 20.

My Boomer U story today was about newlyweds Theresa and Joe Phillips who married July 20. She was 68. He was 81. Neither expected to marry again.

But they fell madly in love a few years ago and tied the knot.

No one knows how boomers will couple and uncouple in the next two decades or so. See possible ways. But experts agree the dating landscape for aging boomers will be much different than the dating landscape for our parents' generation, when women outlived the men by huge margins, so there weren't a lot of available men once you hit your 60s and beyond.

The dating and remarriage market for aging boomers is "thicker" in the wonderful word used by Stephanie Coontz, one of my favorite women-and-family-issues researchers.

(S-R photo courtesy of Theresa Phillips)




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Spokesman-Review features writer Rebecca Nappi, along with writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., discuss here issues facing aging boomers, seniors and those experiencing serious illness, dying, death and other forms of loss.







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