Dementia in the African Caribbean Community

NHS Health Education England. Published online: August 2016

The number of people with dementia of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) origin is expected to rise significantly – a seven fold increase over 40 years compared to a two fold increase in the number of people with dementia across the whole UK population in the same period.

t is recognised that within the BAME communities there is low awareness of dementia and low numbers of people accessing dementia services.  The ‘Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia 2020’ outlines the need to reduce variation in dementia care, support and access across age, gender, and ethnicity.  It commits to “an increase in the numbers of people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic origin and other seldom heard groups who receive a diagnosis of dementia” and greater provision of culturally competent care, with staff better able to meet the diverse needs of people with dementia.

The following Implementation Plan called for Health Education England to commission a film for health and social care providers that focuses on the specific needs of the African Caribbean community within the care process.

Finding Patience’ has been developed with input from experts across the system* and follows Patience and her family as they recognise and come to terms with her dementia and ultimately seek help.

Read the full ‘Finding Patience’ report here

Read the full overview here