Long Term Conditions

Living with a long term condition

As we get older we are more likely to develop a long term condition.  Although it can make life more difficult, with good support in place it is possible to live well with a long term condition.  You GP can help you to manage a long term condition.  It's also possible to get some care at home if it's needed. 

You can find a helpful Long Term Condition Assessment Tool on the NHS Choices website.

Dementia

Dementia is a group of symptoms caused by specific brain disorders. The most common cause is Alzheimer’s disease, but it can also be the result of a stroke or mini-strokes or other conditions. 

You can find more information about dementia and the adult social care support that is available locally on the Brighton and Hove City Council website

Brighton and Hove Memory Assessment Service

If you are worried about your own memory or that of a close friend or relative, visit your GP who can organise a referral to the HERE Memory Assessment Service.

The service is provided by HERE in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Brighton and Hove Carers Centre.

Diabetes

Diabetes affects around 3% of people in Brighton and Hove. It is a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high.

Many more people have blood sugar levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes. This is sometimes known as prediabetes. If your blood sugar level is above the normal range, your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is increased. 

It's very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated. You should therefore visit your GP as soon as possible if you have symptoms, such as feeling thirsty, passing urine more often than usual, and feeling tired all the time.

You can find more information about diabetes from: