Early Stage Work with Raising Awareness about Vascular Dementia in the African-Caribbean Community in LondonDavid Truswell*
Somefreshthining Ltd. (Independent Consultancy), Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity, UK
- Corresponding Author:
- David Truswell, Director
Somefreshthining Ltd. (Independent Consultancy); Trustee
Culture Dementia UK; Chair
Dementia Alliance for Culture and Ethnicity, United Kingdom
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: December 12, 2016; Accepted date: December 26, 2016; Published date: December 31, 2016
Citation: Truswell D (2016) Early Stage Work with Raising Awareness about Vascular Dementia in the African-Caribbean Community in London. Int J Neurorehabilitation 3:236. doi:10.4172/2376-0281.1000236
Copyright: © 2016 Truswell D. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The impact of dementia on the UKs Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities has been identified at the highest levels of dementia policy making in the UK but this has yet to translate in to changes in how services are developed in local areas. The African-Caribbean population in the UK is demographically the oldest of the ‘Black’ categories in the UK census. This population has known higher risk of developing vascular dementia and early onset dementia. The raised incidence of Type II in this population also suggests it could have higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Community organisations will need to be proactive in insisting on more attention being paid to the specific service needs of this and other minority ethnic communities. Culture Dementia UK is a community organisation showing how community groups can provide benefits in disseminating information and developing appropriate services that cannot be achieved by mainstream services alone. Building on these initiatives is an important next step that needs supporting by mainstream research.