Australia has over 2.7 million carers, 12% of the population. More than two thirds of primary carers in Australia are female.
Today, Dementia advocate and carer Lynn McGregor pays tribute to these carers for International Women’s Day.
Ms McGregor who has been caring for her husband Rod since he was diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia in 2015 said it’s important to recognise the valuable contribution women across the world make to their communities, workforces and their families – especially those who are also primary carers for loved ones.
“As the primary carer for a loved one living with dementia, I try to make a positive difference to my husband’s quality of life every day. It can be hard at times but I know I have the support and understanding of the team at Dementia Australia to help me through.
“I also know there are many other women in similar situations – caring for loved ones including partners, parents and children. Today, of all days, I would like to pay tribute to these women and wish all women, especially fellow carers – Happy International Women’s Day 2018.”
Carers Australia.  Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.