New film raises awareness of dementia in African Caribbean communities

New film raises awareness of dementia in African Caribbean communities

Supporting the aims of the ‘Prime Ministers Challenge on Dementia 2020’ HEE has been working with experts from across the system to develop ‘Finding Patience’, a film that looks at the experience of dementia amongst African Caribbean families.

A growing body of evidence suggests that dementia is more prevalent and experienced at a younger age among African Caribbean populations because individuals are more prone to risk factors for vascular dementia, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes.

 

Stigma surrounding mental health, coupled with a general reluctance to talk about health issues, can make it difficult for people to get the support they need, leading to delays in diagnosis.

 

Finding Patience’ aligns to tier 1 (awareness level) dementia training, which aims to; familiarise people with recognising and understanding dementia; support people interacting with those with dementia; and provide people with the knowledge to be able to signpost patients and carers to appropriate support.

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