No one should face the challenges of caring for someone with dementia alone

Kirsty Stephenson
April 6, 2022

Debbie Abrahams MP, is proud to have started the campaign to build a Dementia Friendly Oldham which has seen over 4,000 Oldhamers become Dementia Friends.

Caring for a family member or friend with dementia can be incredibly hard. Seeing someone you love become a different version of themselves can, sometimes, be both upsetting and challenging as you deal with their loss as well as your own.  I know from personal experience the impact dementia can have on the person living with dementia and on their family and friends too.

As the MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, I have worked hard to support people with dementia and the people caring for them in my constituency and am proud to have started the campaign to build a Dementia Friendly Oldham which has seen over 4,000 Oldhamers become Dementia Friends.

I am also honoured to be co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dementia. In this role I have seen many examples across the UK of amazing community efforts, of people spotting a need and filling gaps with dementia cafes and other vital support but have also heard from many family carers who have struggled.  

This is why I am delighted to support Dementia Carers Count’s “In This Together” campaign which aims to let carers know they are not alone. If you are looking after someone with dementia, or know someone who is, do look out for their programme of tailored learning sessions, information sharing and family carer activity, over the next couple of weeks.

Times like this can feel especially tough for family carers. As we emerge from the pandemic, some of the support family carers had relied on before Covid has not yet restarted or will remain online and some services just won’t be available anymore, leaving uncertainty and the challenge of further disruption for people living with dementia and those that care for them.

I also hear from a large number of constituents about the increasing impact of the UK’s cost of living crisis on them. Family carers are facing greater money pressures than ever before with many struggling to meet their monthly bills.

There are many reasons for family carers to feel stressed or even overwhelmed. Finding the right support can be crucial not only to family carers’ wellbeing but to their ability to be an effective carer for their family member or friend.

Help is available from a range of sources, including other carers, your community and charities like Dementia Carers Count.

Dementia Carers Count is there to support family carers who care for a person with dementia, whether at home or in a care home. Free support from health and care professionals is offered through their Live Online Learning sessions and in their Virtual Carers Centre.

Please contact Dementia Carers Count if you would be interested in joining one of their sessions. Email support@dementiacarers.org.uk or call on 020 3096 7895 and please remember, we are in this together.

#InThisTogether


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