Staying healthy and connected in Derbyshire
A recent survey by Carers UK found that carers are more likely to have physical or mental health problems and often neglect them.
Almost three quarters (72%) of carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, while well over half (61%) said their physical health had worsened.
Over half of carers (54%) also reported that they have reduced the amount of exercise they take because of caring and 45% reported that they have found it difficult to maintain a balanced diet.
The survey also found that isolation and loneliness had a negative impact on carers’ health. You can read the rest of the survey findings on their website.
The 2011 Census found that many carers feel socially isolated and over three-quarters feel they don't have a life outside their caring role.
Helping Carers to be Healthy and Connected in Derbyshire
To support the Healthy and Connected initiative in Derbyshire, the Carers in Derbyshire partners teamed up to jointly create a leaflet called ‘Helping Carers to be Healthy and Connected in Derbyshire’.
The leaflet was lauched during Carers Week 2018 and has details of local services carers can use to support their health and wellbeing and meet other carers either in person or online.
The leaflet has been distributed to all Derbyshire and Derby City pharmacies so you can pick up a paper copy while getting your prescription. The leaflet has was also sent out with Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust’s Who Cares newsletter.
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