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Exclusive New Survey From AARP The Magazine Looks At Effect Of Retirement On Marriage

Retirement and Housework
Those who are retired are a lot more likely to agree that they do more of the housework and chores now than they did before retirement. Among those who are working but have a retired spouse, only half say that their spouse has taken on a lot more of the housework now that they are retired.
• There is a very striking gender difference in regards to housework. Although, 80% of men who are retired said they agree that they have increased their share of the housework and chores now that they are retired, only 47% of working women agree that “being retired, my spouse does more of the housework and chores.”

Retirement and Volunteering/Hobbies
Starting new activities in retirement (or at least thinking about starting them) has important consequences to overall retirement satisfaction.
• Among retirees, 56% have started doing new activities since retirement, 22% are planning to start, and 20% haven’t even thought about it.
• Among working respondents who have a retired spouse, 54% said their spouse has started engaging in new activities, 22% said they’re planning on it, and 20% haven’t even begun thinking about it.

Additional information on can be found in the January/February 2009 issue of AARP The Magazine, in homes now, and online at

AARP The Magazine’s Retired Spouses Survey was conducted by Opinion Research Corp using CARAVAN, which is their weekly national telephone survey of U.S. households. The total sample consisted of 1,064 adults who are 55 to 75 years of age, married or living as married and are retired themselves or their spouse is retired. The survey was conducted from November 1-26, 2007.

About AARP The Magazine
With more than 34 million readers nationwide, AARP The Magazine ( is the world's largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50+. Reaching over 24 million households, AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through in-depth celebrity interviews, health and fitness features, consumer interest information and tips, book and movie reviews and financial guidance. Published bimonthly in print and continually online, AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is the flagship title of AARP Publications.
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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 34 million readers; AARP Bulletin and AARP Bulletin Today, the go-to daily news source for AARP's 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our Web site, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.



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