Dementia care in black & minority ethnic communities: Collaborative working is key, says report

BME community leaders are increasingly aware of the need to work closely with statutory services on dementia care, says a recent report from UWE. An 8 month study, funded by Bristol City Council, found that older people in BME communities were “disproportionately affected by risk factors for dementia, including diabetes, cardio-vascular disease as well as being affected by a range of health inequalities”.  Whilst dementia amongst the white population is predicted to increase two-fold over the next 30 years, indications are that the increase could be as much as 7-fold in BME communities.

Older BME adults are less likely to access mainstream services due to issues such as lack of interpreters, cultural differences in understanding and diagnosis of dementia, and variable levels of  culturally appropriate support. In some communities there is stigma around dementia, and diagnosis is likely to occur at a later stage.

The report makes 18 recommendations including awareness-raising around risk and prevention, the development of culturally appropriate diagnostic tools and more training for staff working in the community. These need to arise from collaborative working between BME community organisations, Bristol City Council and Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service.

Oasis-Talk is pleased to announce that we have recently appointed an Elders Community Worker, Shazia Riaz, to work on a pilot Bristol Ageing Better project with BME communities in Easton.

Find out more about the report…