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Carers are stressed and exhausted

[Posted: Thu 08/11/2012 by Deborah Condon www.irishhealth.com]

Many carers in Ireland are stressed, exhausted and isolated and have health problems themselves, a new survey has found.

Some 121 carers took part in the online survey. Most were aged between 31 and 60 and the majority of people being cared for were either over 60 or under 18.

Among the carers, almost three in four said that they were more stressed now compared to one year ago. However, almost half said that they were too embarrassed to tell anyone they were stressed. (more…)

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County’s carers are missing out on help

Published on Thursday 8 November 2012 08:48

Research has shown that the county’s carers are missing out on free help because they don’t think of themselves as carers.

An estimated 100,000 people are unaware of the help available to them and a countywide campaign is being launched by Lancashire County Council, in partnership with Carers Lancashire, to let carers know that advice, information and practical support is only a phone call away.

Joanne McMaster, carers’ strategy officer at Lancashire County Council, said: “You don’t necessarily have to live in the same house or be related to the person you look after to count as a carer. (more…)

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PM outlines dementia support plan

Dementia Friends

David Cameron wants a million members of the public to support dementia sufferers David Cameron wants a million members of the public to support dementia sufferers

The Prime Minister is calling on a million members of the public to provide support for dementia sufferers.

David Cameron has set out his ambitious plan to create masses of “dementia friends” who will be able to spot the signs of the condition and offer support for sufferers.

Mr Cameron, who says that tackling dementia is a “personal priority” of his, hopes that one million people will sign up to receive coaching sessions by 2015. The sessions, which will be provided in church halls and workplaces, will help to raise awareness and teach people how to support those with the condition. (more…)

Creepy-crawly Halloween hair-raiser

Published on Wednesday 7 November 2012 15:13

A social group for disabled youngsters enjoyed a hair-raising Halloween encounter with snakes and scorpions last week.

But as wildlife expert Glen Arscott explained to members of Skegness Ability Group, the animals to fear most are often the least expected.

Though slithering snakes and scuttling spiders inspire dread in many people, Glen joked the cute and cuddly meerkats were the most dangerous animals in his menagerie.

Group leader Sylvia Myers said: “It was strange to learn that all of these scary creatures were perfectly safe, and when he put the tarantula on my hand it was very calm.”

Around 30 youngsters had the chance to handle various creatures including pythons, giant stick insects and skunks when they attended Skegness Youth Centre on Briar Way last Wednesday. (more…)

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