Introduction

You may not necessarily think of yourself as a carer. You may not think about your own needs or that you are providing support beyond what is normally expected. However, supporting someone with dementia means that family and others often take on extra caring responsibilities. This extra care can take a lot of time and energy, and can raise some difficult emotions.

This week is about considering your own health and wellbeing. We talk about why it is important to look after yourself and how you can feel best supported as a carer of someone living with dementia. We also think about some of the tricky emotions you might experience as a carer of someone with advancing dementia, and signpost you to sources of help and support.

First, we encourage you to reflect on what it means to be a carer by taking part in a short quiz in the next step.

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This article is from the free online course:

Dementia Care: Living Well as Dementia Progresses

Newcastle University