What is the issue?

Data from the South London and Maudsley Trust have identified a series of inequalities linked to vascular dementia that disproportionately impact people from Black African and Caribbean communities. It was discovered that there may be a cultural bias within the diagnostic tools that lead to a delay in diagnosis of dementia are people from Black African and Caribbean backgrounds.

Additionally, the data shows that people from Black African and Caribbean communities are at risk of developing vascular dementia 10 years earlier than other groups and additionally, some gaps in the system mean that Black African and Caribbean people are being diagnosed much later.

 

The Black Thrive response

Black Thrive is a member of Lambeth’s Dementia Action Alliance group which aims to make Lambeth a Dementia Friendly Community. Through this Alliance, we aim to help current services better understand.

  1. Why Black African and Caribbean communities are presenting for diagnosis much later than other population groups, this information will be used to helps services respond and reduce barriers.

2. Support services to ensure that information on dementia and dementia services accessible to affected people.

3. Facilitate the coordination of existing activities aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people of Black African and Caribbean communities living with dementia.

 

How to get involved

You can get in touch with us by emailing hello@blackthrive.org.uk to find out more information about:

  • Getting involved in a working group
  • Ask us for more information on the work