3 per cent of people with dementia are from BAME communities – around 25,000 people.
This number is expected to double by 2026 with the steepest increase expected in South Asian communities. Research suggests Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities often face delays in dementia diagnosis and barriers in accessing services.
Caring for a person with dementia can be very challenging. You’re likely to experience an extreme range of emotions, one of which is often guilt. You might feel like you’re not doing a good enough job of caring or setting up support for a loved one, or you may be struggling to accept help. You may also be struggling to cope with the personality changes that the person you care for goes through. These feelings are completely normal and very common. It’s important to identify and acknowledge these feelings, so you can start managing and working through them.
We’ll be joined by Duncan Salkeld from The Alzheimer’s Society who will be leading a group talk about some of the common situations that might lead to these feelings, and offer advice, solutions and support.