Why is support important?
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Caring for a family member or friend with dementia can be incredibly hard. The person with dementia is likely someone you’ve known for much of your life and care for deeply.
Watching someone’s personality, mood or behaviour change can be both distressing and challenging. A dementia diagnosis can have physical, psychological and financial implications for you as a carer and for your whole family. Carers can feel thrown into the situation and often don’t know how to cope. Feelings of stress, fear and grief can become overwhelming.
Research from the Association of Dementia studies, Worcester University shows that carers have a 20% increased chance of mental health problems. You are more likely to be affected by depression and anxiety if you don’t give yourself a break. Finding the right support can be crucial not only to your wellbeing but to your ability to be an effective carer for your family member or friend.
In this section of the site, you will find lots of guidance on how you can get the support you need, both from Dementia Carers Count, the carer community and from other government and charitable organisations.