THE Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), is running a course for the carers of people with dementia at the Royal United Hospital, Bath in May and June.

RICE's Carers' Course aims to provide carers with advice about their relative or friend's memory problem.

The course offers helpful facts information about memory problems, and offers advice on all aspects of caring for someone with dementia including financial and legal implications.

The course also provides an opportunity to share ideas and experiences with other people in a similar situation.

There are currently more than 750,000 people in the UK living with dementia, two thirds of whom have Alzheimer's disease.

The majority of those affected live at home supported by family or friends as unpaid carers.

Dulcie Cormack, research psychologist at RICE, said: "We think it is really important to support the carers of people with dementia who often have no choice in taking on this ever more demanding role.

"By providing information and an opportunity to access support, we hope to reduce the stress and anxiety that carers may experience."

The course consists of four sessions, which will be held on Friday afternoons from May 30 to June 20.

They will run from 1.30-3.30pm at the new RICE Centre at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

For more information contact the Institute on (01225) 476420.