South-Asian Life and Dementia

Despite a growing elderly South Asian population, little is known about the experience of diagnosis and care for those living with dementia. Different cultures have different perceptions of mental illnesses – including dementia. In fact people from the south Asian community are more likely to approach their GPs for physical than mental health symptoms. With south Asian ethnic minority groups one of the largest minority groups in western countries, improving dementia care for south Asians is becoming increasingly more important. To start a dialogue about dementia in our community we invited Joti Sandhu, Support and Education Coordinator, Alzheimer BC, into RedFM studios.