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Cultural awareness improves dementia care for South Asian minorities

Different cultures have different perceptions of mental illnesses – including dementia. In fact, in the UK, 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.

There are many well-known barriers which can inhibit south Asian people from recognising dementia and approaching their GP, including: reduced awareness of dementia; stigma; considering symptoms as normal ageing; believing that GPs only deal with physical symptoms, and believing that nothing can be done for memory problems if they are God-given.

Read more on the Guardian website.