Living Well Guide Dementia - Page 25

Being a carer can lead to Social Isolation, although it can affect people of all ages, backgrounds. It is important that we remain connected with the people around us and consider these connections as the cornerstones of life. These people can be • Family • Friends • Neighbours • Colleagues • People at school • Wider community Investing time with these connections and building deep meaningful relationships will support you and help enrich your everyday life. How Connecting with others can help • Human are social beings and the relationships we create and have with others matter to us • Having these strong relationships with other people allow us to share our feelings and know that we are understood. • It allows us to share positive experiences and gives us emotional support; in addition it allows us to support others. LOCAL case study FROM A CARER For about three years I have been looking after Margaret in ever increasing ways and thought I was handling the situation quite well. It was only when Age Concern Central Lancashire got involved that I realised this situation was becoming too much to handle on my own. The help and support I have had from the worker has been superb. The kindness and understanding I have been given over the past weeks has helped me to help Margaret in more ways than previously. Again thank you to the worker helping me through the minefield of social services. Margaret is now attending the day centre at Charnley Fold for one day a week, she is very settled. As time goes by, we may hopefully try to increase her days. This has enabled both of us to have a break from each other. I can leave her for a few hours without worrying. Thank you so much. “I am not on my own and I had help when I needed it”