Don’t have a husband ? No problem, as a new research revealed that widows tend to be happier than married women. They are less likely to suffer from infirmity.
Well, that is not the case with men, they are overly dependable on their female partners. The presence of women eases them in managing the household work as well as their health. However, women find their household responsibilities more stressful. But despite this fact, they still dedicate themselves to caring for their husbands, according to Western Daily Press.
“Since women generally have a longer lifespan than men, married women may also suffer from the effects of caregiver burden since they often devote themselves to caring for their husband in later life,” said Dr. Caterina Trevisan, of the University of Padova.
She further added that married women are more vulnerable to marital problems and wellness issues as compared to men.
The finding contradicts the fact that married couples tend to live longer than singletons, who, according to research, have an unhealthy diet and drink alcohol in excess. The study also foregrounded gender specific differences among 2000 of people above 65yos.
The study also unfolded a fact that single women have greater job satisfaction , stability, higher activity level at the workplace and less chance of being socially obscure.
“Consistently with this picture, the higher educational level and better economic status is seen among the single women in our study may well reflect a social condition that would promote a greater psychological and physical well-being,” said Trevisan in a report by Independent.
“Finally, widows cope better than widowers with the stress deriving from the loss of a partner and widowhood, with a significant increase in the risk of depression only in the latter,” she added.
The study also expected that singles would be frailer at old age as being married was been related to reduced risk of death and disability. A process followed 733 and 1,154 Italian men and women for four and a half years. And the finding came out true for the elderly men.
Singletons and widowers were more likely to be frail than their married peers. However, according to findings, single women faced less risk than married women.
The study also unraveled several facts by studying the participant’s formal education, physical and mental health activities, monthly income, eating and drinking habits.
“Further research is needed to see whether recent changes in our social structure influence the impact of marital status on the onset of frailty,” said Trevisan.