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Dementia carers

Supporting carers of people with dementia

Dementia is becoming more common as we live longer. Caring for people with dementia is demanding, with increased dependency as the disease progresses and behaviour which is often challenging.

Many carers are older and may have their own health problems as well. We need to know more about the needs of carers and which kinds of support are likely to be most helpful. To find out about taking part in dementia research visit Join Dementia Research.

Published: May 2016

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Evidence at a glance

The findings boiled down, alongside practical questions for healthcare professionals and patients.

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Improving coping skills for carers

 How can we help reduce depression and anxiety in carers?

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The hidden needs of carers

How much do we understand about the psychological issues involved in caring for a loved one?

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Incontinence and what can be done about it

How common are continence problems and how do carers cope?

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Can exercise help carers and people with dementia?

A study looked at the impact of regular walking on the symptoms of dementia.

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Supporting carers in a crisis

A survey of health professionals and carers looked at different perspectives dementia crisis and the most helpful kinds of support.

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Other health problems alongside dementia

Managing issues such as stroke, diabetes and visual impairment, alongside dementia.

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Case management for those at home

Case management can lead to better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers - but the picture is mixed.

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About the Evidence

Find out more about the studies in this area and how their findings fit with current guidance. 

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of people with dementia live at home. 


of carers suffer from depression and anxiety.


estimated amount that unpaid carers could save the UK.

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