National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.
Anyone at any time can become a carer. Each year, National Carers Week provides an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.
Meet Sandy from Toowoomba. In 2016, Sandy and her husband Laurie, moved from their home in Bundaberg to come live in Toowoomba when she found out her mum Angela had been diagnosed with Dementia. Sandy who describes herself as a “helper”, didn’t hesitate to jump right in to the caring role for Angela.
“It’s been hard and a massive learning curve however it’s been so special for me because it has allowed me to be even closer to mum ” says Sandy when asked how she’d describe her caring role in a nutshell. “It’s not money that drives a person to care for someone, it’s love.” Sandy is among one of Australia’s 2.7 million carers that make an enormous contribution to our communities, with their caring roles being valued at $60.3 billion annually – more than $1 billion per week.
Here at Alzheimer’s Queensland, we value and pay tribute Sandy and all the other Carers of Australia. AQ offers support to Carers in many ways: Specialised Support Services including 1:1 advice about Dementia; Carer Support Groups and a free 24-hour advice line 1800 639 331.