Two-thirds of women between the ages of 40 and 79 have encountered a life crisis, be it a long-term unemployment, divorce, death of a spouse or a major illness or disability of someone in their household, AARP found. And with this, they encounter financial and emotional hardship.

AARP encourages women undergoing such stress to seek out counseling, and the organization itself offers free life crisis action plans and phone consultations.

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