Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.
In the UK we help more than seven million people every year, providing support, companionship and advice for older people who need it most. We work as part of a network of independent charities which includes Age UK; our national partners Age Cymru, Age NI and Age Scotland and over 150 local Age UK partners in England.
Age UK and many of its local partners are pleased to participate in Carers Week 2017. We provide help and support to carers across the country in many different ways - such as offering counselling and support groups, sharing advice on Carers Assessments and benefits, and providing day care and respite, or organising fun activities to allow carers to relax.
Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK says:
"Caring for someone is a tough job which places a heavy and emotional toll on the carer. Two million of those who care for a family member or friend in this country are themselves older people, often with their own health problems. And astonishingly, more than a hundred thousand people in their eighties and beyond are caring full-time.
"All carers need our support – whether individually with us all trying to help out or at a society level with Government and Local Authorities making sure that respite services are readily available and employers offer flexible working arrangements. No easy task when there is a risk of a complete collapse of social care in some parts of the country.
"Age UK provides independent information and advice to help carers and their families now. We also campaign to reform the care system and help carers get the support they need in the future."
For more information visit www.ageuk.org.uk or call our free advice line on 0800 678 1174.