Caring for someone with dementia can be a challenge unlike any other. I know first-hand from looking after my father that while it can be very rewarding, it’s also all-consuming.
I was trying to give myself to everyone; my dad, my partner and my daughters and work and there weren’t enough hours in the day.
Alzheimer’s Society recently found that nine in 10 carers for people with dementia experience feelings of stress or anxiety several times a week. Despite this, many carers find it difficult to take time out of their caring commitments to access help and support – and when they do, they face waiting times of more than a year.
An immediately accessible form of therapy could provide a much-needed solution. Caring For Me and You is a research trial that will test tailored online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and support specifically designed to help carers of people with dementia find ways of coping with the pressures of their role.
The research team needs carers of people with dementia who have felt the emotional pressures of caring, and have access to a computer, to help test the effectiveness of these new online therapy packages.
To check your suitability to take part, sign up at www.caringformeandyou.org.uk
Arlene Phillips CBE, Alzheimer’s Society