This honest video shows why we should give thanks to the millions of Aussie carers

Starts at 60 holds meetup events around Australia every month, and at the most recent events, we went along to
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Starts at 60 holds meetup events around Australia every month, and at the most recent events, we went along to meet and greet the readers who make our website so special. We were astounded at how many women (and men) told us they were the carer for their partner, and how they struggle every day.

We’ve now found the perfect video to illustrate a day in the life of a carer, and want to show our appreciation for those people who are so needed, and so cared about. We want to wrap our arms around you and say a big THANK YOU for what you do.

3 million Australians are unpaid carers, and just under 800,000 are primary carers. Most are women too – around 70 per cent of primary carers are women.

It usually starts small – your mum or dad helps the other get up out of the chair, or up the stairs, but then it becomes more and more help. Other times, it can be the result of an injury or medical condition, meaning a loved one (young or old) is dependent on someone else.

That person becomes a caregiver but most of these caregivers don’t even distinguish themselves that way. They just want to help and they need to do it. They also never complain and just get on with it.

This video is a reminder to all of us about the brave people we have out there who care so selflessly about another:

Tell us: do you know a carer? Or are you one? What is your day usually like?

    • Lynne Gardiner

      Don’t know about you, but having a parent living in your home that you can’t afford and having to give up work might be one. Maybe putting your life on hold for 20 years, missing your children’s weddings because there such a shortage of respite … Will I go on or just stop there.

    • Diane Jones

      Because you are entitled to it . You can spoil her more . Buy her things that can give her a better quality of life if you are well off and dont need the extra money to live on . X

    • Lee Horrocks

      Wayne Ferne, if your are entitled to financial help, take it, this may make life easier for you and your mother.

    • Lynne Gardiner

      Diane Jones so agree. Even if it’s only $60 a week it helps. There nothing worse than having to get work done on the house and your parent goes without. My mother is nearly 100 and I do wish there was more help and $ for her.

    • Diane Jones

      My mum is at end stage now and some days i cant stop crying at what is to come . And watching this dread awful disease is shattering . I would use the money to give her what she wanted just to make her happy even if was for an extra hour a day .

    • Lynne Gardiner

      Don’t know about you, but having a parent living in your home that you can’t afford and having to give up work might be one. Maybe putting your life on hold for 20 years, missing your children’s weddings because there such a shortage of respite … Will I go on or just stop there.

    • Diane Jones

      Because you are entitled to it . You can spoil her more . Buy her things that can give her a better quality of life if you are well off and dont need the extra money to live on . X

    • Lee Horrocks

      Wayne Ferne, if your are entitled to financial help, take it, this may make life easier for you and your mother.

    • Lynne Gardiner

      Diane Jones so agree. Even if it’s only $60 a week it helps. There nothing worse than having to get work done on the house and your parent goes without. My mother is nearly 100 and I do wish there was more help and $ for her.

    • Diane Jones

      My mum is at end stage now and some days i cant stop crying at what is to come . And watching this dread awful disease is shattering . I would use the money to give her what she wanted just to make her happy even if was for an extra hour a day .

    • Lynne Gardiner

      Don’t know about you, but having a parent living in your home that you can’t afford and having to give up work might be one. Maybe putting your life on hold for 20 years, missing your children’s weddings because there such a shortage of respite … Will I go on or just stop there.

    • Diane Jones

      Because you are entitled to it . You can spoil her more . Buy her things that can give her a better quality of life if you are well off and dont need the extra money to live on . X

    • Lee Horrocks

      Wayne Ferne, if your are entitled to financial help, take it, this may make life easier for you and your mother.

    • Lynne Gardiner

      Diane Jones so agree. Even if it’s only $60 a week it helps. There nothing worse than having to get work done on the house and your parent goes without. My mother is nearly 100 and I do wish there was more help and $ for her.

    • Diane Jones

      My mum is at end stage now and some days i cant stop crying at what is to come . And watching this dread awful disease is shattering . I would use the money to give her what she wanted just to make her happy even if was for an extra hour a day .

    • Wayne Ferne

      Lynne Gardiner no, go on. You think you’re owed something, because you look after your Mother?

    • Diane Jones

      Wayne Ferne , everyones views are different as is everyone’s financial situation . We are all humans with hearts . Please be respectful to others feelings , situations and lifestyle . Sometimes just being kind is enough to make anithers day bearable . Nastiness doesnt help anyone .

    • Wayne Ferne

      And you lot disgust me. Some of you are just out for money. Surely your Parents get a pension, with all the benefits, just how much do you expect?

  1. Gloria Bulley

    I’m a carer for my husband…he has a brain tumor among other things…thank You for caring about the carers.

  2. Gloria Bulley

    I’m a carer for my husband…he has a brain tumor among other things…thank You for caring about the carers.

  3. Lynette Bull

    Dual carer for both my 87 year old father in law and my daughter

  4. Lynette Bull

    Dual carer for both my 87 year old father in law and my daughter

  5. Diane Jones

    Its the hardest job . Very emotional as well . God bless all the carers out there . Xx

  6. Diane Jones

    Its the hardest job . Very emotional as well . God bless all the carers out there . Xx

  7. Ellie Todd

    I am a carer for my grandchildren. Had to give up everything to do do. Very hard for an active and intelligent person.

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