World Health Day

World Health Day took place on Saturday and each year marks the anniversary of the founding of WHO in 1948.

This year the theme was 'Ageing and health' which reflects that within the next five years, for the first time, the number of adults aged 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5.

Although for most people in the UK this means looking forward to more years of good health, 75% of people aged 65 and over report living with a major illness. This can be both stressful and upsetting for carers.

According to statistics from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, over the next 30 years the number of carers in the UK will increase by 3.4 million (around 60%). Over-65s currently account for a third of all carers, providing more than 50 hours of care a week.

Breathing Space have a partnership with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, highlighting the need to support carers emotionally through the stress, loneliness and isolation often experienced in a caring role.

To find out more about the needs of carers visit www.carers.org.

For emotional support contact Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87.

A wealth of practical information can be found through Care Information Scotland, a telephone and website service providing information about care services for older people living in Scotland.

Visit the Care Information Scotland website or contact 08456 001 001 (phone call rates) Mon - Fri: 10am to 8pm. Saturday: 10am to 4pm.