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For an increasing number of grandparents, maintaining contact with grandchildren can be extremely difficult following an acrimonious divorce or when a family moves away or emigrates.
In today's tech-filled world, we take online access for granted - it's easy to forget that it's only in the last 20 years or so that we've become so digitally literate. The older generation often find themselves left behind, and statistics from 2013 show that 45% of those aged 75 or over have never used the internet.
As we get older, it can be increasingly difficult to maintain the social networks we had in our younger years. Over 2.5 million people over the age of 75 in the UK live alone, and social isolation and loneliness can be a huge problem. The charity helpline for older people, Silver Line, received 300,000 calls in its first year of operation, and in a staggering 50% of these, the caller had nobody else to turn to.
It doesn't have to be that way. There are many small steps you can take, even if you are not in the best of health, to increase and maintain contact with friends and family.
Many people feel lethargic and a little bit low during the winter months, but for about 5% of the population, more severe symptoms occur - these people suffer from the very appropriately named SAD or seasonal affective disorder. A high proportion of SAD sufferers are older women, and this condition can seriously affect quality of life. Fortunately, there are some simple steps you can take to stave off the worst of the winter blues.