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Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 4:50pm
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — More people are living alone, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau.
In fact, nearly a third of households in America have only one person, that's up 10% from 1970.
Reasons include delaying marriage and longer lives.
Mondays and Wednesdays are two of Leticia Ramirez's favorite days of the week.
"They have my picture on one of the buses and I'm all over El Paso," Leticia laughs.
She's on a Bien Vivir bus, they're an organization that helps elderly people with all inclusive health care.
"It's really nice to feel that someone cares for your wellness," she said.
After 56 years of marriage, five kids, 15 grandkids and 9 great grandkids, family is important to Leticia, but so is her self sufficiency.
"It helps us to be a little more independent," she said.
Leticia is like millions of other Americans, who are living longer and living alone longer.
"There's a lot more people that have gone into the very old age group," said Bien Vivir President and CEO Rosemary Castillo. "I would say that during the last 20years, that population has grown by 275%".
This might not affect us as much in El Paso.
"You see this kind of trend in communities where you have an ethnic group or racial group that doesn't stray too far away from home and is very family oriented," Castillo said.
No matter the ethnicity or race, living independently is simply a human desire.
"Those people that have medical challenges, but are able to cognitively manage their lives, prefer to stay at home. that's always been the case," said Castillo.
It's a decision and problem Leticia hopes not to face for quite some time.