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Short film helps raise dementia awareness in BAME families

RAISING AWARENESS: 'Finding Patience' is a must-watch for those seeking to understand dementia

KUSH FILMS are one of the delivery and support partners for the Health Education England who commissioned the production a short film called Finding Patience, which shows an Afro-Caribbean family as they deal with the onset of dementia in London grandmother Patience.

The film will be screened at a cinema by Kush Films this year and being used as part of the NHS' tool kit for increasing understanding of dementia and its early diagnosis, a campaign instigated by Prime Minister Theresa May's Challenge on Dementia 2020.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people are five times more likely than white people in the UK to contract dementia, which affects mainly elderly people and their ability to reason and recall short-term memories. Dementia sufferers can also display increased aggression and a number of changes in the way they process emotions.

May's Challenge on Dementia 2020 aims to bring about:

“...an increase in the numbers of people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic origin and other seldom heard groups who receive a diagnosis of dementia”.

Government statistics show that BAME communities are less likely to use dementia care services in their local area. There is also an acknowledgement of the need to equip private and public care providers with a better cultural understanding of the patients they treat.

For viewers who are familiar with what dementia looks like in practice, Finding Patience may be an emotive watch as we see the sufferer flit from contented and conversational to a lady fraught with worry in her nightdress in the middle of a busy roundabout. The film is balanced however, as it deals with Patience's son experience denial and upset before adopting a reassuring approach; guiding his mother through the stages of diagnosis.

Watch the short film below:

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