"I read him philosophy and he helps me figure out what the heck they're talking about." While no statistics are readily available, older man-younger woman couples have long existed and may be becoming more prevalent and more socially acceptable.
In certain Hollywood and corporate circles, especially among financially successful men, the practice is so common that these younger women, usually second wives, have been given the disparaging nickname of "trophy wives." Medical advancements are helping this merger of the generations become more realistic than ever.
"The concept of what age means in our society is changing very rapidly," says Ian Alger, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
With many men rejecting the idea that they should retire at age 65, older men are discovering they feel vigorous enough to mate and even to start new families, he says.
While a younger woman may end up being the caretaker of her older husband, the relationship may have begun with the premise that an older, more financially successful man will provide status, safety, and security for a young woman.