Anthropology, Department of



Charles Geisel

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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 13 (1996-1997). Copyright © Charles Geisel; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


Widows have outlived their husbands in every society for thousands of years, but medical advances have almost doubled people's life-spans in the last century. This growing longevity could affect the spouse survivorship. as average life expectancy for females increases more quickly than for males. Lengths of survivorship for the last 150 years and tendencies of age groups for husbands and wives show that widows are adapting to this life-span. Demographic research at Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln. Nebraska. provided data for a statistical test of changes in survivorship.

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