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The De-Stress study, which was car­ried out last year by re­searchers at Trin­ity and funded by the Health Re­search Board and The Alzheimer So­ci­ety of Ire­land, re­vealed that de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety were com­mon among fam­ily car­ers. Other re­search, con­ducted by the Royal Col­lege of Psy­chi­a­try and the Car­ers As­so­ci­a­tion — now Fam­ily Car­ers Ire­land — showed higher lev­els of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety among car­ers than their peers who are non-car­ers.

More than 50pc of car­ers sur­veyed had a sig­nif­i­cant men­tal health prob­lem in this 2009 re­port. It also showed that women who spend nine hours or more car­ing per week dou­ble their risk of heart dis­ease, while el­derly car­ers, aged 66–96, who ex­pe­ri­ence care-re­lated stress, have a 63pc higher mor­tal­ity rate than non-car­ers.

Car­ing for a loved one is hard emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally

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