Dementia Support Services
Bringing together local dementia services under one roof
Dementia Support is an exciting local charity working in partnership with voluntary and charitable organisations, the NHS, West Sussex County Council and other statutory organisations, to create a unique community hub for dementia. Designed to truly enhance the wellbeing and quality of life for local people living with dementia, their family and carers.
Sage House is a bespoke, modern and functional community centre, where people can access the most up to date support, information and advice.
We offer Wayfinding to help guide families through their personal dementia journeys, as well as day care, a range of activities for those living with dementia and their carers, therapy rooms, a salon, a smart zone, and a café.
Sage House – Where Memories Matter
Sage House was officially opened on the 8th May 2018 by Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex . Now fully operational, we aim to bring local dementia services together under one roof and provide the latest support, information, advice and activities to those living with Dementia.
Why Dementia Support?
Our vision is a society where dementia is wholly understood and accepted enabling people living with dementia to be fully supported throughout the whole of their journey, now and in the future.
Dementia Support was founded in 2014 to provide a vital service offering support, guidance and care for people in our community living with dementia.
West Sussex Dementia Framework Report, jointly produced by West Sussex County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, estimates 14,820 people are living in West Sussex with dementia and this is set to increase by 26% in 2021.
Dementia Support Charity is a new way provide care and improve the lives of local people living with dementia.
People living in West Sussex with dementia
Increase by 2021
What is Dementia?
Dementia currently affects an estimated 850,000 people in the UK, and yet it is one of the most misunderstood and taboo illnesses affecting our population.
Dementia is not a normal part of ageing. The umbrella term ‘dementia’ is used to describe a collection of symptoms associated with a progressive decline in cognitive function, largely amongst older people. While it can be considered a ‘mental health’ issue, it is caused by physical disease – affecting the structure and chemical workings of the brain, and resulting in a loss of memory, reasoning and communication skills.
Although it is not restricted to older people, dementia in younger people is less common. Dementia has however been diagnosed in people as young as 30, known as young onset dementia.
For more information please visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.
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