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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.
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.
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.
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 be eligible 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.
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.