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Welsh Health Survey 2005/06: Health of Carers, 15/05/08 [W]

These statistics on the health of adult carers are based on data from the Welsh Health Survey for the period 2005/06.

The key points from the latest bulletin are:

  • Younger adult carers (age 16-44) tended to report poorer health (especially mental health) than non-carers of the same age. For instance, they were more likely to report being treated for mental illness and to report having a limiting long-term illness. They also reported lower (poorer) physical and mental health status scores (using a standard set of questions). Among older adults, there was little reported difference between carers and non-carers.
  • There was some pattern of poorer mental health among carers with higher carer workloads.
  • Younger adult carers (aged 16-44) were more likely than non-carers to report smoking. There was little difference for older adults. Carers were more likely than non-carers to report eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables the previous day, and meeting guidelines for physical activity the previous week.
  • Younger adult carers (aged 16-44) were more likely than non-carers to report seeing their GP recently.

The bulletin can be downloaded from the Statistics for Wales website.