Marital Relationships and strains. Retirement may strain a marriage: If a couple’s careers are not on the same time frame, one may be disengaging while the other’s situation is becoming more exciting. Spending time together may be wonderful, but it also may reveal conflicts and different assumptions. Couples also face hard times when there are health crises or economic issues to be addressed. An interesting finding is that women are less likely to hold onto a couple relationship if their own health is at risk, though they may care for their husbands even at risk to their own health (Price & Rose, 2000).