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


Grandchildren


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

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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.

Relationships

Introduction

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

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 Livings 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

 

Hitting a low point

Nothing seems to be working out for me right now. I'm hitting fifty in a couple of months, the two kids are in their bolshie teens and I'm struggling to have any decent conversation with my husband.

I'm finding it hard to get off to sleep, feel exhausted all the time and frankly can't get enthusiastic about anything, even food or sex. I have an overwhelming urge to just walk out of the door and disappear.

Everyone in the house seems to be completely absorbed in their own world. They'd hardly notice if I wasn't here!

Six months ago I said goodbye to a man who was the only one who seemed to understand how I felt. He had been a family friend and was over here temporarily. He's now gone back to Australia, after five years living near us.

We spent long hours together as a group of friends. His wife was a lovely woman but totally driven by her successful business and he was a stay-at-home-dad. He'd often come round to our house and chat and was very aware of how lonely my life looked from the outside. He was gentle, considerate and a great listener. Although we never spoke of this I think we were both feeling we were getting too close. And now that family have gone away and I miss his company so much. It has made me look at my own life and feel things are not right.

What one earth shall I do? Am I depressed? Where do I start?

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