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Midlife MOT: wealth, work and wellbeing
Midlife MOT: wealth, work and wellbeing

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6 Looking after yourself when you’re caring for others

Around midlife many of us take on caring roles for older relatives. While this can be rewarding it can also be complicated, time-consuming and emotionally challenging. Looking after ourselves can move down the list of priorities, affecting our health and wellbeing in many different ways.

The image is a drawing of a middle-aged person pushing a wheelchair with an older person sitting in it.

If you’re in a caring role, you will need to keep an eye on your own health and wellbeing. There are many organisations that support carers. We recommend getting in touch with them and seeing if they have any programmes or pathways that could help and support you.

The OpenLearn course Physical activity for health and wellbeing in the caring role [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] can help you with this.