Actress Phyllida Law talks about the strain caring for a loved one with dementia puts on families

Actress Phyllida Law talks about the strain caring for a loved one with dementia puts on families

Nearly a third of non-retired people aged over-55 are worried that family members will have to care for them in later life, a new report revealed.

The report, Dementia in the family: The impact on carers, carried out by Alzheimer's Research UK surveyed 2,000 over-55s and found that 31% of them worry about being a burden on their family.

It also included in-depth case studies including one from Phyllida Law, an actress and mother to Oscar winner Emma Thompson, who explained the challenges of caring for her mother who has dementia.

The report showed how carers are commonly left isolated after prioritising their responsibilities to their loved ones over their social lives, and that dementia has created unwanted tensions in the family.

If we could delay the onset of dementia by five years, by 2050 we could reduce the number of carers by a third, Alzheimer’s society explained.

“A diagnosis of dementia ripples far beyond the person affected, it touches whole families, and we owe it to them to do all we can to tackle it,” Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said.

To read the report in full, click on the link here to visit Alzheimer's Research UK website
Dementia in the family: The impact on carers

Article first published in Nursing in Practice 19/12/15