Dementia carers 'must have health needs looked after'

Posted on 17 May 2011

It is "vital" that carers for people with dementia, who may have long term plans, have their own mental and physical health needs looked after, one expert has said.

Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer's Research UK, said that dementia not only affects the sufferer but "has a huge impact on their loved ones as well".

"Ultimately, the only way we can alleviate the burden on people with dementia and their families is through new and effective treatments, which can only be found if we invest in more research," he added.

This follows research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society which found that an older person who cares for a spouse with dementia is more likely to develop cognitive problems themselves.

According to the authors, this could be down to the shared lifestyle factors as well as the stress of caring for the individual with the condition.

Posted by Toby Mynott

 

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