Due to the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, “gray divorces” are spiraling. One out of every four divorces are people over the age of 50. In 2010, there were over 643,000 divorces. By 2030, this number will rise to approximately 828,000. This startling rise in the dissolution of marriages is alarming and should be a wake-up call to our political leaders to address this problem.
Why should we as a society worry about the tidal wave of gray divorces?
That’s the question Jocelyn Elise Crowley, Ph.D., a professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, explores in her new book Gray Divorce: What We Lose and Gain from Mid-Life Splits. She spoke with 40 men and 40 women, who had gone through a gray divorce, asking them questions such as why they got a divorce, how their finances were affected by the divorce, and how their social relationships changed. In her new book, Crowley tells their personal stories about how their lives were completely transformed in the aftermath of their gray divorces.
Join us for a thought-provoking conversation about gray divorce between Jocelyn Elise Crowley and Carl Van Horn, Ph.D. Director of the Heldrich Center and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at Rutgers University. The conversation between Crowley and Van Horn will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and a book signing for Gray Divorce. Copies of the book will be available for purchase during the event.
The event will be held on Tuesday, April 3 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Roosevelt-Perkins Room (second floor) at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, 30 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. Registration and a reception will run from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. The conversation, Q&A, and book signing will run from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
There is no charge for attending this event but seating is limited and registration is required. To register, click here or copy and paste the following URL into your web browser: http://bit.ly/crowleytalk