Foreign-language films about dementia welcomed in city

September 04 2017

A Bristol-based partnership has launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city.

A Bristol-based partnership has launched an innovative series of short films in six different languages giving information about dementia and relevant support services in the city.

The Dementia Wellbeing Service, a partnership between Alzheimer’s Society and Devon Partnership NHS Trust, commissioned the short films - in Urdu, Punjabi, Cantonese, Somali, Polish and English-language - to address the stigma, misunderstanding and lack of accurate information currently available for culturally diverse communities in the city. 

Co-ordinator for the Dementia Wellbeing Service and the films' producer Trish Caverly said: “Alongside other BME communities, Somali has no word for dementia. This can make it even more difficult for family members to discuss a dementia diagnosis and contribute to a stigma in many of these communities.” 

A dementia All Party Parliamentary report in 2013 suggested that nationally people from BME communities are under-represented in dementia services; they are often diagnosed at a later stage of the illness or not at all. 

 Research conducted by Alzheimer’s Society has concluded that this can lead to a far greater risk of late diagnosis and not being prescribed appropriate medication and medical interventions.

There are an estimated 25,000 BME people with dementia in the UK. While the number of white, British people with dementia is expected to double by 2051, the numbers of people from BME communities is expected to increase sevenfold.

The films are available  on www.bristoldementiawellbeing.org and limited DVDs can be ordered  from  0117 904 5151.