Dementia care infographic: the facts and figures
Today’s guest blog post comes from Izzy Squire – an advocate for nurses, carers and healthcare professionals across the UK and beyond.
Today is Alzheimer’s Awareness Day which means that people across the globe will be doing their bit to raise awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research purposes. Today I will be thinking of the world’s young carers, those who are responsible for the wellbeing of their parents, grandparents or extended family members who are living with dementia.
The infographic below highlights general dementia care stats, inclusive of carers in the UK of all ages, but I ask you to take a moment to read the second to last block of percentages and think of those in terms of a child or teenager. It is likely that a young person caring for someone with dementia with have received little or no training, they will feel unsupported, and their role will mean that their school work has to take a backseat.
It is my hope that today, if you come across some Alzhemier’s Awareness content online, or if you happen to put a few pennies in an Alzheimer’s Awareness charity bucket, that you take a moment to think about the young people in the UK and around the world, who are the sole carers of people with dementia.