Health and other problems can have an impact on your personal life and affect your relationships with other people. Keeping in touch, trying new things and staying active can help you enjoy life more and there is support available to help you stay connected.

Healthy habits can help you live well in your everyday life. It's important to be active, have a healthy diet and get enough sleep. There are also steps you can take to look after yourself during the summer and winter months.

Getting out and about is important for our wellbeing but it can become more challenging as we get older. You can get advice if you want to carry on driving safely and you may qualify for a Blue Badge to help with parking. If you don’t drive, there are aids to help you stay mobile, as well as travel discounts, special transport schemes, help with shopping, and accessible holidays.

All of us can feel lonely or isolated from time to time, whether we live alone or with others. Loneliness is the feeling of sadness that comes from not having as much company or the type of company that you would like, and it affects everyone differently. If you're feeling lonely there are things you can do to help yourself and places you can look for support.

Strong relationships can contribute to your health and wellbeing and, in later life, partners, family and friends can be an important source of support. All relationships come under pressure at times and, sadly, things can go wrong. Whether you're thinking of ending a relationship or starting a new one, there is help available if you need it. 

You might want to continue working when you reach State Pension age. As well as money, it can keep you mentally and socially active. There are other options if you don't want to work full-time, and courses you can take if you want to learn new skills.

If you're feeling lonely

Our new advice guide suggests things you could try to feel more connected.