Caring for someone with dementia can be emotionally and physically draining; you may feel family and friends don't understand the problems you're experiencing.
It's normal to have feelings of guilt sometimes as you struggle to cope with the various behavioural, emotional and physical changes affecting the person you're caring for as the illness progresses.
Carers often expect too much of themselves and are reluctant to seek help, but on-going support is important to sustain your own health and well-being.
Naturally everyone is an individual, the needs of each patient and carer are in some respects unique, but there are always similarities and you may find it helpful to discuss your concerns and your feelings with a professional or with other carers who have gone through the same experience. There may be questions you need to ask and information you need to access.
We are here to help.
The Alzheimers and Dementia Support Group (Mid Sussex) is an independent organisation which aims to provide support and information to carers looking after someone with these conditions. Meetings are held in Haywards Heath on the first Monday of every month. You're welcome to come along to any of our meetings; details of times, location and events can be found on the Diary Dates and Where To Find Us pages of this site. Details of current events of interest can be found on the Latest News link under Information at the top of this page.
We look forward to meeting you soon.