Last month I was interviewed by Fiona Phillips for a new series of BBC One's 'Holding Back the Years', to be broadcast in mid-October. Filming took place at Tavistock Relationships, which offers a helpful new counselling programme for couples approaching retirement. It's totally innovative and very different from conventional couples therapy: there are just four sessions. The idea is that couples don't go because they're having problems, but because they're aware that retirement can put pressure on relationships and they want to be prepared for it. It's perfect for partners who want to make the most of the next stage of their lives together and see their relationship continue to develop. Dr Sabah Khan of the Tavistock believes the relationship itself can be a source of reliability and support in retirement, and I'm sure that's true for many couples.
Last summer I was asked to speak at the Preventing Loneliness in Later Life conference at Tavistock Relationships in central London.
My starting point was loneliness within relationships, as well as the many different experiences of loneliness I came across when researching my book on retirement. And the inspiring solutions people came up themselves, which helped them break the cycle and move forward.
It was a terrifying privilege to speak at such a prestigious event: Tavistock Relationships has an international reputation for its counselling services and research. Luckily I was on before Janet Morrison, CEO of Independent Age (left in the photo), because she is a seriously hard act to follow. She had many thought-provoking insights into loneliness - which is at last being recognised as one of the biggest problems we face.