New survey from @AlzSociety suggests NHS may be letting dementia patients down @dementiafriends

A recent survey from the Alzheimers Society suggests that 3/4 of GPs feel dementia patients are being forced to rely on family, friends and neighbours. It’s certainly something I see in General Practice. Alzheimers can put a huge strain on the sufferer’s loved ones and we must be mindful of the toll that can take. Everyone needs a break but it can be difficult sometimes to admit that you are struggling to cope, and I know a lot of people feel guilty if they aren’t there 24/7. The important thing to remember is that you will be a better carer if you can take some time out. If you are looking after someone with dementia and are struggling to cope, please discuss this with your GP, social services or one of the support groups. There is help out there