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“As I walk the last mile of the way” – Dementia Report

Diverse Cymru are proud to release this important report, a collection of interviews from families, carers and people who are affected by dementia from the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in Wales.

The pandemic has had a huge impact on Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, especially people with dementia. It is the most common pre-existing condition for people who are dying from Covid-19 and for the 25,000 people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds living with the condition across the UK, the social restrictions imposed during lockdown have made an already challenging time even more difficult[1]. COVID-19 has disproportionately affected those of a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background in the UK, with members of these populations dying from COVID-19 at twice the rate of the white population, as well as contracting COVID-19 at higher rates. COVID-19 has also had a disproportionately high effect on older adults, including those with dementia.

Acting Joint CEO Zoe King said

“This timely report highlights the intersectional nature of inequality at a time when Covid-19 has had such an impact on minority ethnic communities and in particular, people with dementia.”

Many thanks to Welsh Government for funding this valuable work.

Download the PDF of the report here: As I walk the last mile of the way.

Diverse Cymru have released a new information sheet on dementia to support this report – you can find that below:

‘Early dementia signs and prevention’ poster

[1] Race Equality Foundation (2020) https://dcan.org.uk/news/race-equality-foundation-covid-dementia-projects-coming-to-an-end/ – Accessed: 6/01/2020