Cultural Diversity

How does dementia impact Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Communities?

We are very lucky to have in Bradford, a leading authority on BAME dementia, Mohammed Akhlak Rauf, ‘Akhlak’. Akhlak is founder and director of the Community Interest Company, Meri Yaadain (meaning My Memories) based in Girlington, Bradford. Akhlak has received an MBE for his services to dementia, and is a patron of Dementia Friendly Keighley

“Whether living with dementia or caring for a family member (or friend), individuals from these communities are often ‘seldom heard and seen’ in the dementia world” says Akhlak “Not only does research (statistics) tell us that these communities are at higher risk of certain types of dementia, but they are also markedly absent in both accessing services or being able to have access to cultural competency beyond their home”

DFK, with support and guidance from Akhlak, have been working to engage the BAME community in Keighley for many years, and more recently as part of a Health & Inequalities project under NHS Charities Together and Leeds Hospital Charity, working with Bradford Bradford District Care Foundation NHS Trust.

Mohammed Akhlak Rauf MBE

Founder & Director
Meri Yaddain (My Memories)

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