Today more than 800,000 people are living with dementia. By 2021, it’s expected to rise to more than a million.
More people than ever are now getting access to a diagnosis, are being given the right information to help them cope, and are receiving real person-centred care. But there are thousands of people living with dementia every day who are not getting the services they are entitled to.
And disproportionately it is people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) communities who are being failed by the system.
Last November, Touchstone co-0rganised the Leeds BME Dementia Awareness conference with Black Health Initiative and other partners. Bridget Robinson from BHI has written up the official report on the conference, which aimed to encourage services to reach out to more communities and to empower communities to access those services that don’t reach out.
Speakers at the conference included representatives of Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds Alzheimers Society, Leeds Older People’s Forum, Dementia-Friendly Rothwell and people living with dementia.