Making London a dementia-friendly city (2)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/4063
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

During the consideration of your Health Inequalities Strategy, I raised the issue of supporting the understanding of those with dementia in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, noting there was evidence to suggest some communities may struggle to access information, perhaps exacerbated by language barriers. In response, Professor Yvonne Boyle said:

“We do not have much data about dementia in the older BAME group…This is an important area where the data are lacking. Having a Champion will help us perhaps find some of those people and understand a little bit more how we can do better for them”

What work has the Dementia Champion done on this so far and what plans are there to increase the data available?

Answers

Answer for Making London a dementia-friendly city (2)
Making London a dementia-friendly city (2)

Making London a dementia-friendly city (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The aim of Dementia Friendly London is that ‘People affected by dementia in London - no matter who they are or where they live - should be able to enjoy the best possible life’. I want to see the diversity of Londoners at the heart of Dementia Friendly London, but understand that people living with dementia from BAME communities are underrepresented in dementia support services, and are more likely to be admitted to hospital at a later stage of their illness.

The Alzheimer’s Society is working to address this. It is setting up a ‘People’s Panel’ of people affected by dementia who will advise the project, and people from different ethnic backgrounds will be represented on it. They have developed resources for partners and local dementia friendly groups to promote inclusion of BAME community groups in their local plans to raise awareness of dementia. They have also developed written and filmed resources about dementia in languages including Urdu, Hindi, Tamil and Cantonese. But there is more to do. 

At City Hall, the Dementia Champion and I are working with Alzheimer’s Society to understand how we can best reach London’s diverse communities to raise awareness of the condition and provide support, for example exploring how we can introduce dementia awareness to groups accessing small grants for arts activities, and addressing dementia in our work with schools.