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Carers get new support group

Carers of people with dementia will see a new support group for them launched at West Chiltington next month.

Run by Alzheimer’s Society West Chiltington, it will start on February 2.

The group will meet at West Chiltington Sports Pavilion, The Recreation Ground off Mill Road on the first Tuesday of the month between 10.30am and 12.30pm.

More than 2,000 in the Horsham area live with dementia.

Organisers say the new group provides a social atmosphere that aims to help cares of people with dementia to talk to other carers about how dementia affects their lives.

Carers can discuss issues they face with others in a similar situation and share practical information. Alzheimer’s Society staff and trained volunteers are on hand to help attendees get the most out of the session.

Joy Martin, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Manager for the area, said: “We’re really excited to be launching this new group in West Chiltington. Carers support groups can make a huge difference to people’s sense of wellbeing, helping people to share experiences and knowledge, enabling them to manage the day-to-day challenges and prepare for the future.

“There are more than 2,100 people living with dementia in the Horsham area. With the right support people can live well with the condition for a number of years.”

As well as carers support groups, Alzheimer’s Society in West Sussex has a number of services including Dementia Advisors and Dementia Support Workers, Dementia Cafes, the Dementia Care and Support Service, Advocacy and the Carers Information and Support Programme. To find out more about the new or existing groups visit alzheimers.org.uk/localinformation or contact our Sussex Helpline on 01403 213017.

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