The Race Against Dementia Alliance has recently published ‘The Race Against Dementia – A Call to Action’ on its website, a paper which promotes improved understanding of dementia in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. The Race Against Dementia Alliance is a union of groups providing information and support to people from ethnic minority communities in the UK.
As a member of the Race Against Dementia Alliance, Dementia UK has been involved in developing the paper along with other agencies working with ethnic minority groups mainly in the London area. We are strongly committed to the principle that everyone, irrespective of ethnic background, should have access to the support they need to live as well as possible with dementia, but we are very aware that black, Asian and minority ethnic groups have particular needs which are often not recognised or addressed adequately within mainstream services. This is despite the fact that the numbers of people with dementia from minority ethnic groups is growing at a rapid rate.
The paper highlights the current piecemeal approach to commissioning and provision of services at a local level, and calls for a more strategic, sustained and coherent approach. We hope that the recommendations will be taken up at a national and regional level. So much still needs to be done but there are organisations who are ready and willing to be part of making sure that cultural issues are not ignored when it comes to developing national and local dementia strategies.
Read the paper online.