BME Dementia Service

dementia cafe

Photo: Foot massage session at the dementia cafe

My name is Ripaljeet Kaur and I work as a BME (black and minority ethnic) Dementia Worker at the Touchstone Support Centre. Touchstone is working in partnership with Alzheimer’s Society to raise the awareness of dementia in the BME communities.

As we get older, some memory loss is common. But sometimes, short term memory loss with other symptoms like mood changes, unexplained anxiety or depression and problems with communication and reasoning, such as finding it hard to follow conversations or TV programmes, can be an early sign of an illness called dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society estimates that currently there are 800,000 people with dementia in the UK. There are over 11,500 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups in the UK. 

My role involves:

  • raising awareness and promoting understanding of dementia within BME communities in Leeds.
  • visiting day centres, community groups and religious centres to talk about dementia and tackle the stigma that surrounds dementia.
  • speaking to people in their own languages and offering culturally appropriate information in different formats.
  • running the monthly Hamari Yaadain dementia café.

Our aim is to break down the barrier around dementia and bring it out into the open so that people can access the help they need.

  • To find out more please download our leaflet or contact me on  0113 2192727.
  • To book a dementia awareness session for your group in your mother tongue (Punjabi, Hindi or Urdu), please get in touch.
  • If you are having memory symptoms and are struggling to get a diagnosis, please get in touch with us.
  • To make a referral, please download the form and either send it to us by post or fax it to us. We also accept self-referrals.
Images from the 2014 BME Dementia Conference organised by Touchstone

Images from the 2014 BME Dementia Conference organised by Touchstone

For more information about dementia, please visit the Alzheimer’s Society website.

List of dementia services in Leeds.

BME Dementia Service in the news:

“Tearing down taboos at Touchstone Support Centre in Harehills” – Asian Express Newspaper, 12th February 2016

“It’s a case of too many cooks can spoil the broth for elderly people with dementia” – Asian Sunday, 1st February 2016

 

Partnership work:

Leeds Black and Minority Ethnic Communities Awareness Conference Report 2015

Living well with Dementia in Leeds

Consultancy service in Calderdale in partnership with Calderdale Alzheimer’s Society

Partners and Funders:

Alzheimer's Society    LCC     NHS

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