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


A Niggling Problem

I found your column by happy accident when looking for advice.  It is the best advice column I know. Your replies are most helpful – logical, and easy to read.   

Scanning through the concerns of your writers, I realised I am fortunate in being in a happy place in my 70th year. I have a son, grandchildren, friends, siblings, a dog and a home all of which I love, and I enjoy holidays abroad.

But I’m worried about my son who was divorced after a 10-year marriage to a very controlling woman. He has now entered a similar relationship. She is just divorced, has two teenage girls and is pushing his two children into the background. I decided to have a gentle chat with him to explain why soon after a break-up is not a good time to rush into another relationship. I think he took this on board.

But the lady is pushy and persistent. She seems to be with him more and more, controlling him. He says he has no plans to live with her but seems to go along with whatever she wants even though their interests differ. His friends have been dropped for hers. It irks me to see my grandchildren side-lined - whenever they come to my son, the girlfriend turns up. My son has a great relationship with his children but she says he needs to make them independent and spend less time with them.  

I know it is my son’s life but it is frustrating to see him being manipulated again yet seemingly unable to acknowledge that. I can’t bear the thought of him making another major mistake - it could so harm his children’s childhoods.


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