Wednesday 3 July 2013

Britain is a country with an organisation called Relate which helps old men work on relationships before they become lonely 'silver separators'.

They are in the news again, the old 'silver splitters or separators'.  I posted this about them last year :

Friday, 21 December 2012

Britain is a country for more and more divorced old men, 'silver separators' with a lust for life

This time, however, the relationship support organisation, 'Relate',  has produced a report in which it is less  optimistic and has called for the appointment of a new 'Minister for Ageing Society' as four million old men and women face the bleak prospect of a lonely old age.

 Relate's report, based on research conducted earlier this year with Ipsos MORI and entitled : 'Who will love me when I'm 64 ?' concludes that not enough is being done to support old people to strengthen their relationships and made the following points, that :

* old people born in the post Second World War bubble between 1946 and 1964 will be the first generation for whom living alone in old age may be the norm, with all the troubling related issues of caring, loneliness and financial security.

* the number of over-60s getting divorced is rising each year, with a record 15,275 in 2011, this compares with 13,554 the year before and 10,273 a decade ago.

* there is even an acronym for the children of these break-ups : 'ACODS' or 'adult children of divorce' who can find the break-up of their parents' marriage a challenge with studies suggesting adult children give more support to a widowed parent than to a divorced one.

Relate’s Chief Executive, Ruth Sutherland said :
“What this report shows us is that there are three pillars to a good later life – health, financial security and good personal relationships and yet relationships are largely missing from the wider debate around our ageing society. We know from this report that good relationships have a direct impact on health and wellbeing and that loneliness and isolation have negative impacts on both our health and wider society more generally. With 1 in 5 older people lacking the confidence to form new friendships and relationships, we are looking at a future in which 4 million people could be facing loneliness and isolation. Without a Minister of State for Ageing Society, we will not see a coherent strategy which ensures that we don’t drift into an old age that we don’t want.”

Relate makes the case that happiness for this group hinges on the successful relationships and with the right support, they can play a key role in preventing many of the negative issues and realising some of the benefits which come with later life.
To this end it has launched an online relationship-checker to help old men and women assess the health of their relationships :
How do you and your other half enjoy each other's company?
We're interested in the same stuff and regularly have
fun together.
We don't share many interests but the ones we do are really important to us.
We lead pretty independent lives and I wish we could do more stuff together that we both enjoy.
We've been drifting apart for a while and I don't really feel like doing things together.Ö

How close are the two of you?
I'd describe my other half as my best mate. We're always
in touch and there's nothing I wouldn't or couldn't chat to
them about.
Most of the time we're close, but we do sometimes get distracted by everyday stresses and have to try hard to make time for each other.
We don't talk about personal or emotional stuff very often.
It's more of a practical relationship.
I don't feel very close to my other half. We don't really talk about anything other than the essentials. Ö

How would you describe
your sex life?
We both feel the same about sex and enjoy it.
Most of the time we enjoy sex, but we can sometimes fall out about it as our needs can be different.
We both think differently about sex and it often
causes arguments.
I don't enjoy sex with my other half. Ö

How do you go about
resolving arguments?
We hold our hands up and admit our faults, then focus on finding a compromise that suits us both.
We can get angry and upset when we disagree on something, but after a while we make up and find a solution.
When we disagree on something, one or both of us usually gets really upset or angry. Sometimes we give up trying to sort it and end up arguing again.
We don't bother disagreeing about anything anymore – it's just not worth it. Ö
Have you got plans for the
future together?
We have lots of shared plans for the future that we're both really looking forward to.
We have different plans for the future but we support each other in whatever we want to do.
Most of our plans are the same, but there are some things we disagree on that worry me a little bit.
We tend to take it one day at a time and don't talk about what we want in the future. Ö
For those old men who take the test and answer and answer 'D' to each question, Relate says :
So how did you do?
It looks as though your relationship is going through a pretty rough time at the moment. Perhaps it's just a blip because one or both of you is under pressure elsewhere in your life, or maybe it's been this way for a while now. Either way, you'll probably find it helpful to put some time aside, either alone, with your partner or with a Relate counsellor. It's important to think about the changes you'd like to make to improve your relationship.



1 comment:

  1. I really object to the word OLD a much better word would be Aged which implies maturity, because that other word has connotation of being almost beyond use.

    On the other hand what would I know, I'm only in my youthful seventies :)