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GLASGOW CARERS TO GET SOME HEALTHY ADVICE

June 11, 2004 4:02 PM

Carers throughout Glasgow are being invited to attend an information event in Glasgow City Chambers at the beginning of National Carers' Week (14-20 June) to find out how they can improve their health. The event, titled Carers' Health Matters, runs between 1.00pm and 3.30pm on Monday 14 June.

This is the tenth year that Carers' Week has drawn attention to the valuable work carried out by an estimated 62,000 carers in Glasgow, of whom three thousand are under the age of 18. This year's theme will encourage and support carers to take action to improve their health and well-being.

NHS Greater Glasgow, Glasgow City Council, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, West of Scotland Carers Forum and Carers Scotland have organised Carers' Health Matters, which is open to everyone.  People can come along to browse information stands or chat to staff who will be on hand to offer a wide range of advice and information. Stress busting sessions will also be available. Prior to the event, which is open to everyone, some invited carers will attend a thank you lunch in recognition of their contribution to family and the wider community.

It is estimated that there are 6 million people in the UK who care for a relative, partner or friend, or for a child with a disability - around 1 in 6 people.  They care for people who cannot manage without help because of disability, illness, or frailty. Sixty percent of people will become a carer at some point in their lives but many people who look after friends or relatives do not identify themselves as carers and can be unaware of the help and support available to them.  Caring for someone can have a financial impact and can be detrimental to the health of carers. A General Household Survey revealed that 65% of carers suffer from ill health or injury and that 59% have deteriorating health as a result of caring. 

Shona MacInnes, Chair of the group which has organised the event, said:  "Looking after someone can often mean that carers neglect their own health so it's important that people who are doing such an important job take care of themselves too, and we hope that this event will encourage people to think about their health and get any help or advice they may need."

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