Carers ‘feel forgotten and alone’.

With more than 700,000 people caring for someone with dementia, an open letter from charity Dementia Carers Count (DCC) aims to put pressure on the government to act.  Supporters of the charity have been invited to sign the open letter to care minister Helen Whately and make their voices heard.  Saying that many carers feel “forgotten and alone,” the letter calls for a long-term, fully funded carers’ strategy that prioritises wellbeing through better identification of those who take on caring responsibilities, recognition of their needs, rights awareness-raising, and access to personalised support and learning opportunities.  DCC chief executive Frances Lawrence writes in the letter that carers should be supported to manage caring so as to remain independent, stay healthy and have time to themselves.