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These pages are aimed at family, friends and carers who want to talk to a relative about difficult and sensitive subjects. They may also help if you are an older person and want to talk about a sensitive subject yourself.
Getting out and about can become more difficult as you get older. If you can’t drive any more or you live somewhere with poor public transport or you can’t use public transport because of a disability, there are various aids and services to help you stay mobile.
The internet is a great way to stay in touch with family and friends and it can make your life easier. You can do your shopping online, get better access to health and information services or use it for entertainment. But there are dangers and you need to protect yourself and your computer so you can stay safe.
If you have problems with walking or other health conditions that affect your mobility, you may be able to get a Blue Badge to help you park closer to the places you want to go.
Loneliness can affect all of us from time to time – it's the feeling of sadness that comes from not having as much company or the type of company that you would like. Loneliness is a personal experience. It affects everyone differently and there's no single solution, but if you're feeling lonely there are things you can do to help yourself and places you can look for support.
When someone dies, it can be overwhelming. There is a lot that needs to be done at a time when you may feel ill-equipped to deal with it. Support is available and careful planning can help. This section has information on the practical things that need to be done when someone dies and advice on coping when you've been bereaved.