A PROJECT helping families and friends who care for someone with dementia has been announced by charities Bromley Mind and Carers Bromley.

Bromley has the highest rate of dementia in the south east of London, affecting 4,000 individuals.

Countless others are affected indirectly, especially family and friends.

Coping with Caring is for those people.

The project is designed to provide one on one support, individual coaching and workshops.

It is funded by Bromley Council.

Lynne Powrie, Chief Executive of Carers Bromley, said: "Looking after someone with dementia can be exhausting and lonely.

"Carers of the most vulnerable older adults within Bromley will benefit greatly from this project as many find themselves in a role for which they were unprepared."

Bromley Mind’s Chief Executive, Ben Taylor said: "The challenge dementia poses is a huge one which is set to increase as it becomes more common.

"A project like Coping with Caring is a sustainable way to help carers give their loved ones the support they deserve to live as independently as possible and retain a good quality of life."

About 750,000 people in the UK have dementia.

This number is expected to double in the next thirty years (Department of Health, 2012).

If you think you could benefit from support, call Coping with Caring on 020 8650 8372.