‘Getting help for forgetfulness’ – Encouraging timely help-seeking for dementia in Black African and Caribbean families
NIHR CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) North Thames has produced a new resource to help Black African and Caribbean elders seek help from their GP when experiencing memory problems.
The CLAHRC has developed a leaflet with information on why it makes sense to visit your GP if you experience memory problems; symptoms of dementia; what memory services can do to help and signposting to further information.
Research suggests that Black African and Caribbean elders develop dementia earlier, and seek help later than their White peers. This delay can greatly impact access to treatment, care and support, and reduce the independence of dementia patients prematurely.
The CLAHRC carried out extensive engagement work within this community – running focus groups and conducting interviews to find out the perceptions and beliefs that influence people’s decisions to seek – or not to seek – help from their GP when memory problems first arise.
For further information, and to request copies of the leaflet, please email Moïse Roche: firstname.lastname@example.org