Innovation and best practice in BME dementia support

Published on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 12:48
Written by Vicki Mitchem

Community organisations join the PM's dementia advisor to demonstrate how older BME people with dementia can be better supported.

At a forthcoming event entitled 'Responding to Dementia: Inclusion for All' commissioners, and professionals in statutory and third sector provision will come together with community organisations and people with memory loss and their carers to identify what dementia friendly means in BME settings and discover best practice in the BME sector.

The conference will hear from Dementia Advisor to the Prime Minster Ian Sheriff, who has been working with Irish in Britain to better understand and highlight to Government and the commissioning sector the importance of understanding culturally relevant interventions when working with older migrants and how this contributes to dementia friendly communities. David Truswell, a prominent academic who has written extensively on the issue of BME communities will also present his latest report 'BAME Communities and Dementia: where are we now?' The plenary session delivered by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, entitled 'Planning for Incapacity' will address the legal issues faced by people with dementia and their carers.

BME communities promote that personhood care requires understanding that those with a different cultural background must be supported and included in settings which are familiar and sensitive to their particular experiences. Irish in Britain, conference leaders, have already established a dynamic whole community strategy which is working prolifically with grass roots community organisations, the Irish corporate sector across Britain and Irish community media to initiate a response to the challenge. This unique initiative from a BME community stands out as a beacon of best practice and has been inspiring other BME communities to take action to become more inclusive. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in conference workshops delivered by the Award winning Gurudwaras within the Punjabi Sikh community and from groups representing best practice from the Chinese, Traveller and Black communities.

Together these organisations reflect a budding trend across the BME sector which will showcase an exciting opportunity to hear about how communities are addressing their own needs and the potential for partnerships with local commissioners.

The recent Alzheimer's Society report "Dementia 2012: A National Challenge" states that there are now 800,000 people with Dementia in the UK with 670,000 family and friends acting as primary carers. There is limited information about the numbers of people from minority ethnic groups within those statistics, but there is concern about the growing numbers of older people from migrant groups who are either experiencing memory loss or likely to do so in the future.

The event on 18 July in Central Birmingham will be an essential opportunity for those planning or providing dementia support within BME communities and is kindly supported by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors and the Alzheimer's Society. Click here to book your place today.

Source: Irish in Britain

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