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Alzheimer's Society in East Sussex

Dementia is a condition that, for a long time, has been blighted by stigma an misunderstanding. However, the reality is that a number of people with dementia living in East Sussex is rising. There are currently 66,000 people in the South East of England with dementia, and that number is estimated to exceed 83,000 within the next ten years.

Dementia has a major impact on the people who live with it and those who care for them but, with the right support, people are able to live well with the condition.  While there is currently no cure, there are now – thanks to a long fought campaign by organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society – there are drugs available on prescription that can help slow the symptoms. There are also community-based services that can support people with dementia and their carers to continue to lead active lives.

Alzheimer’s Society provides a range of services in East Sussex to support the growing number of people living with dementia, their families and carers. Alzheimer's Society Carers Information and Support Programme (CrISP) is designed to educate carers and families of people with dementia about how to cope with day to day life and how to plan for the future.

Claire Grover-Forde, Alzheimer's Society Support Services Manager for East Sussex, says:

‘Caring for someone with dementia can be incredibly stressful and we find that the more informed people are, the more confident they feel as a carer. Alzheimer’s Society’s Carers Information and Support Programme ensures people know what to expect now and in the future.’

CrISP is just one of the services that Alzheimer’s Society provides in East Sussex. There is also a befriending service (Hastings and Rother), a day service for younger people with dementia (Bexhill-on-Sea and Seaford) and a county-wide dementia support service for people with dementia and carers.

For more information about services in East Sussex, please call 01424 773687 or visit the website. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Alzheimer’s Society in East Sussex please contact Louise Cruikshank on 01403 276649.