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Elderly couples ‘Need More Relationship Guidance’


Elderly couples ‘need more relationship guidance’, BBC news 27.06.13

By Hannah Richardson BBC News education reporter

Elderly people in the UK should be offered more relationship support to help them cope with older age, the Relate charity says.

Relationships play a critical role in dealing with the pressures of old age, but can fracture if they are not nurtured, costing the state more money.

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As Divorce surges in the over 60s Meena Kumari, Divorce specialist at Ridley & Hall Solicitors comments “I’ve  seen a significant increase in the number  ‘silver separations’ – older couples going through Divorce. They have heightened anxieties surrounding the disentanglement of a lifetime worth of assets and fears whether they will meet someone to support them in older age. More marriage guidance would equip these couples with the journey ahead.”

Meena heads up a new service Family First to help support couples with precisely these issues.

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