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Caring for Carers

Sally Magnusson finds out how three out of four carers feel that their health has suffered as a result of caring for someone with dementia.

As someone who's cared for a parent with dementia, Sally Magnusson is concerned that there isn't enough support for carers looking after their relatives at home. In this Medical Matters, Sally talks to carers of people with dementia, including campaigner Tommy Whitelaw, who toured Scotland raising awareness of how dementia affects sufferers and their carers, by asking carers to write letters telling their stories that he presents to the Scottish Government. Though caring for a loved one is often a privilege, Sally discusses what makes it such a challenging and traumatic experience, and asks what we can all do to ease the strain on carers.

30 minutes

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland helps people with dementia, their carers and families. Their members include carers, relatives, people with dementia, professionals, groups and organisations. 24 hour Dementia Helpline: 0808 808 3000

Dementia web

Dementia web is an all-age dementia information resource for the UK. It aims to help people with dementia, their carers and health professionals find empowering information about dementia and the support and care services available to them in the UK.


Contact them by phone 24 hours a day on 0845 120 4048, or visit where you will also find links to local dementia websites.

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Alzheimer’s Research UK is a leading dementia research charity specialising in finding preventions, causes, treatments and a cure for dementia. They also provide information on the different types of dementia, their symptoms and available treatments, and help people to understand the progress research is making.   


Carers UK

Carers UK is a charity set up to support the millions of people who care for an elderly relative, a sick partner or a disabled family member. Carers UK provides support, information and advice about caring and campaigns to make life better for carers.


If you need advice about your caring situation you can call or email.

Advice Line: 0808 808 7777


The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland, a part of Carer’s Trust, is a provider of comprehensive support services. Phone: 0141 221 5066

The Dementia Services Development Centre