What happens when caring responsibilities stop? There will certainly be grief from the loss of a loved one. Ex carers can also feel completely out of the loop, unsure where or even whether returning to work is an option, low in confidence. Carers UK asked fellow carers and I to test a new e-learning platform designed to support current and ex carers who want to return to work. It went live on Thursday, could it help you?
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.
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. Find stress reducing tips here.
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? How do you manage your energy so you have enough for everything you want to do AND keep some in reserve for fun and/or emergencies? Find out how to build your carer support network here.
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