You may have noticed it’s UK Carers’ Week 2019. So what has this got to do with you? If you care for a loved one, even if you just pop by with groceries, do check it out. It could be a gateway to more support and take a little load off…
Modern medicine has extended our average longevity which is awesome. Our challenge nowadays is how to live those extra years well, not poorly. Mounting evidence suggests that changes to our lifestyle may help postpone dementia and expertise is emerging to help guide us.
I’ve attempted to pull together a definitive list of the links to older adult service providers in Bucks. I’ve also added many available in Oxon. All of them know and support their Local Authority (LA) older adult care services.
According to the Carers Week organisers in June, 78% of carers say they feel more stressed because of their caring role. Few people, other than fellow family carers, fully understand the pressure felt from being responsible for an adult relative 24×7.
Even though you’re reading this, it’s likely you don’t identify yourself as a carer. Even if you are actually helping someone. Interesting isn’t it? I guess the ‘carer’ tag just isn’t a ‘sexy’ identifier. Perhaps it even brings negative imagery with it? My friend, that has to change. Perceptions and attitudes around those who care for friends or relatives have to change. Otherwise thousands of people won’t get the support they’re eligible for.
Today I’m at the Carers Bucks AGM, finding out more about what Carers Bucks do. And to add extra excitement (for me at least), I’m speaking too. I’m cock a hoop to be meeting other local carers, care workers and policy makers.
You’re there for your elder partner, relative or friend. Who is there for you? Do you have a support network, both physical and emotional? How do you manage your energy so you have enough for everything you need and want to do AND keep some in reserve for being occasionally awesome and/or emergencies?