Age UK East Sussex was founded in 1948 as the Old People’s Welfare Committee. We became an independent charity in 1973, and until December 2010 we were called Age Concern East Sussex. In January 2011 we rebranded as Age UK East Sussex. This was because we became a brand partner with Age UK (the new national charity for older people formed by the merger of Age Concern England and Help the Aged). We are independent, locally-focused and led by the needs and aspirations of those in later life.
We celebrate the fact that the proportion of the county's population over pensionable age is 23.7% of the total population (population aged over 65 in 2016 is 138,063 rising to 145,429 by 2019). This is substantially higher than the regional and national averages of 17.8% and 17% respectively. Moreover, the relative size of the population aged over 75 years is higher than in any other county in England and Wales.
The average age of the total East Sussex population (42.9 years) is the second highest of any county in the country, whilst the average age for Rother (46.3 years) is the second highest among all districts nationally.
The county’s population is expected to age considerably over the next twenty years as those born during the baby boom after the Second World War reach retirement. As a result, the proportion over retirement age is projected to increase year on year to over 35% by 2026.
Currently there are around 10,000 people living with dementia (including those who are not yet diagnosed). This figure is projected to rise to 13,000 in 2021 (an increase of 30%).
East Sussex is a great place to grow older.
To enhance the quality of later life for people in East Sussex by:
- working with people in later life to identify and respond effectively to their expressed needs and aspirations;
- representing people in later life;
- promoting a positive image of later life;
- being a sustainable charity and social enterprise;
- working with relevant organisations with complementary aims and values.
- respectful – We treat others as they would want to be treated.
- inclusive – We work together, we involve and we consult.
- positive – We welcome challenges and celebrate achievements.
- realistic – We are open and truthful, whilst remaining ambitious.
- solution-focused – We ensure that what we do makes a real difference.
- expert – We strive to be the best at what we do.
- empowering – We support others to achieve their goals.