Make the most of your Relationships in Later Life

Maggi's Relationship Column

As a highly qualified relationship counsellor and trainer, Maggi Stampwrites each month about emotional and practical concerns and challenges that many of us meet in later life.   more


In this section you will find some useful articles and sites of interest to grandparents, including ideas on entertaining grandchildren and gifts for their birthday. more

Growing your social Network

Making friends in later life, and particularly after we retire, can prove a challenge. It isn’t necessarily very easy to do but, on the other hand, it’s something that is important as we get older. more

Dating in Later Life

Many of us, when we are over 50 or over 60 find ourselves without a partner and wishing to find one. We may still seek a degree of sharing and intimacy that is not met by family and friends more

Caring for Elderly Parents and Relatives

We are all living longer now and, therefore, more people over 50 have living parents and many of those parents either require care now or will do in the future. more

Relationship Articles, Guides and Maggi's Column with
Relationships Section

This page contains articles on friendships, dating and grandparenting as well as featuring Maggi Stamp's Relationship Column.

Retirement can be a wonderful phase of life in which to spend more quality time with partners or children, friends or relatives, and to strengthen bonds with them. 

But unfortunately, things can go wrong. Maybe we and those closest find  it hard to see eye to eye despite our nearness, or maybe one of us takes the other for granted or is unaware of the effect we have, or can't work out how to help. Whatever the reason, Maggi Stamp’s articles each month, which deal with many specific difficulties that people bring to her, can be immensely helpful. She strictly respects confidentiality and never identifies those who write to her.  But the individual worries they raise are invariably felt by others, so her responses can help many.



In later life and especially in retirement, family and friends are often more important to us than they have ever been.

These days when we retire it is quite likely that we have older parents that need looking after, as well as children who still need the occasional helping hand.

We may well have grandchildren on the scene too which can be a great enjoyment, especially when you can give them back!

Our social network may also need some attention when we retire, as we may lose the social network that we had at work. It's important we seek to maintain or grow our social network if we are to make the most of retirement.

In this section we look at each of these aspects and we also have Maggi Stamp's regular monthly column highlighting relationship problems and how to deal with them



Grandchildren can be wonderful. We have many articles that can help with Grandchildren and being Grandparents.

For ideas for looking after and entertaining Granchildren have a look at our:

Other handy resources include:

Gransnet, Grannynet and Netmumsoffers advice, support and information on all aspects of being a grandparent including local events, guides, suggestions for days out, with ideas and strategies to keep them and you happy.


Elderly Parents and Relations

To help in this area we have multiple relevant Guides:

We also have aticles containing plenty of information about Living Aids to help make everyone's life easier.

If you aren't familiar with what's out there you'll be surprised at the range of products that can really make a difference and help maintain independence.

LaterLife also has information on intelligent home security, which can both help independent living and help reassure you.

Dating and Forming Friendships

Many of us find ourselves in later life without a partner and wishing to find one.

Regardless of how happy we are being single or whether we have come to terms with bereavement or divorce, regardless of how wide our social circle may be, we all still seek a degree of sharing and intimacy that might not be met by family and friends.

Click here to read the Dating in Later Lifesection.

Or skip to the Guide to Over-50s Internet Dating.

We all know that maintaining and forming friendships in later life is very important, so why not take a look at our Guide to forming friendships.

Planning Retirement Online


He says I'm anorexic

I don't know how to get my situation resolved and hope that by writing all this it might throw some light on it for me.

I was 50 last month and have a good management job, a lovely husband and a teenage son. So on the surface of things I should be in control and successful. But I'm not sleeping, have become obsessed with my weight, which is not as low as I'd like it, and have become stressed about work - even though nothing has changed to make me feel more stressed than normal. I get snappy with the people in my office and at home.

I have managed to lose some weight by just cutting meals and eating no carbs. That is the one thing that gives me pleasure, looking at the scales each morning and seeing that I've lost weight. I get a sense of achievement from that, about the only reward I get these days.

My son is quiet and studious. At thirteen he is a keen sportsman and loves science. Once he's finished his tea he's off to team training. After that he comes home to supper and does his homework without us ever having to remind him. He is such a good son.

My husband is a worrier. He is afraid I'm becoming anorexic. He tries very hard to get me to eat more food and tells me I'll collapse if I don't give myself more 'fuel'. He also says I don't look well and that I'm now too thin. We can't agree and I get very grumpy when he starts on at me.

He's taken over cooking our evening meals and does a lot of the shopping too as he says I look so exhausted. That bit is true actually. I assume that as you get older things just become harder. I suspect he'd like me to give up my job too but that is out of the question, I enjoy it too much.

Yesterday he asked me if I was happy. Weirdly I couldn't answer. I mumbled something about still getting over the loss of my mum, but that is just an excuse as she died over a year ago and my dad died 5 years ago. I do miss them though. They were the backbone of our family really. We all adored them. My son spent a lot of time with them and they doted on him. Even my husband was devoted to them.

How can I stop this negative spiral? Our lives feel a bit blighted at the moment.


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