DEMENTIA AWARENESS SUPPORT GROUP IN (BAME) COMMUNITY
* Deawa- dementia awareness support group Launched on the 28th of November 2015 in Leeds and operates in LS, 8and LS 9 Postcode reaching out to the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Community. Dementia is the biggest health and social care problem facing our society today, even more so for people in BAME communities.
* The Centre for Policy on Ageing ,in (2013)published dementia prevalence census data, which estimated there are almost 25,000 people with dementia from BAME communities in England and Wales. This number is expected to grow to nearly 50,000 by 2026 and 172,000 by 2051, which is almost a seven-fold increase in 40 years. This compares to a two-fold increase in the number of people with dementia across the whole UK population in the same time period.
* Dementia does not discriminate based on country of origin. In the UK more and more people are receiving a diagnosis and getting the right information to help them to cope, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities are underrepresented in dementia services and are occasionally missing out than their white British counterparts.
* People from BAME groups also tend to access dementia services
later, these difficulties can arise from lower levels of awareness about dementia and greater levels of stigma towards the disease. Late diagnosis of dementia is an added risk which can have a negative on the individual who has dementia as dementia gets worse overtime.
* Access to services- When people from BAME communities access dementia services, they find the information provided confusing and most people also find the information difficult to read and at times think that it does not apply to their own culture.
* Deawa is responding to this issue by providing culturally based awareness services and understanding the characteristics of Black and Asian communities in a bid to break the barriers and remove stigma associated with deme
* Deawa`s main objective is to introduce the term “dementia” using translated leaflets explaining it in simple terms. We also deliver information through visual format, using music, a series of face-to-face sessions, educational Alzheimer’s DVD sessions and door to door outreach programmes. Deawa aims to remove barriers by using these different approaches.