This week is national Dementia Awareness Week.
Dementia affects about 14,000 West Sussex residents and around 850,000 people in the UK.
These figures are set to increase so it is likely that dementia will affect us all in some way during our lives – whether personally or through someone we know.
That is why I want to encourage residents in our county to become more knowledgeable about dementia.
As a county council we are trying to do our bit to help West Sussex become a dementia friendly county. One of the ways we are doing this is by supporting local Dementia Action Alliances and we have also become a member of the national Dementia Action Alliance.
A range of events are taking place around the county during Dementia Awareness Week and it would be great if people could pop along and find out more about this condition.
You can find out more about these events at www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/dementia-awareness-week-2016.
By each of us finding out a bit more about dementia, we will help our communities become more dementia friendly and in turn we become an even more dementia friendly county.
West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health
County Hall, Chichester
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