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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