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, all while working – and there weren’t enough hours in the day.
The Alzheimer’s Society recently found that nine out of 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 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) designed to help carers find ways of coping with the pressures of their role.
The research team needs any carers of people with dementia who have felt the emotional pressures of caring, and have access to a computer, to come forward and help test the effectiveness of these new online therapy packages.
To check your suitability to take part in the study, sign up at www.caringformeandyou.org.uk.
Arlene Phillips CBE
Ambassador Alzheimer’s Society