Care for the Carers….

Carers contribute so much to our community, so why this?

The burden of caring for someone can come at a high personal cost. Research shows that it can lead to depression, anxiety and a decrease in wellbeing. One study found that over 50% of carers were depressed. Another found that once they become depressed, older adults are at higher risk of suicide than those who are younger. Even more compelling is the finding that 25% of people caring for a family member with dementia have contemplated suicide…

As well as being stressful and increasing the likelihood of depression, caring for another person can have huge ramifications on an individual’s life. It can lead to a decrease in hours of employment (and consequent wages and superannuation) and can have an ongoing effect on future career prospects…

Source:  http://theconversation.com/why-caring-for-australias-carers-should-be-a-government-priority-27122

 

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