The report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia 2013 inquiry into the experiences of people living with dementia in the UK within minority ethnic groups, entitled “Dementia does not discriminate”, indicates that there are nearly 25,000 people with dementia in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The number could increase seven-fold, to over 170,000, by 2051: i.e. with a significantly faster growth prediction than the two-fold increase expected amongst the native population, because people who moved here between the 1950s and 1970s are moving into their 70s and 80s.
This report says that awareness of the condition in minority ethnic groups is low, and that service levels regarding the provision of appropriate support are inadequate.
The APPG is going to approach Public Health England about raising awareness of dementia amongst minority ethnic groups, by funding a pilot awareness-raising campaign to inform communities about the condition and to reduce the high levels of stigma associated with this topic. Commissioners are being urged to ensure appropriate dementia support services are provided in minority ethnic communities.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (2013). Dementia does not discriminate: the experiences of black, asian and minority ethnic communities. London: Alzheimer’s Society and the House of Commons All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Dementia, July 2nd 2013.
[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 8, July 2013].
Possibly also of interest:
Dementia: Diagnosis rates rising in South Asian community. Manchester: BBC News Manchester, October 17th 2014.