Feeling Overwhelmed

Many carers report personal satisfaction from their caring role. However depression, emotional and physical exhaustion and general poor health are common. The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (2011) found that:

Two thirds of older carers have long term health problems or a disability themselves

One third of older carers reported having cancelled treatment or an operation they needed due to their caring responsibilities

Half of all older carers reported that their physical health had got worse in the last year

More than 4 out of 10 older carers said that their mental health had deteriorated over the last year.