During Black History Month, we have taken the opportunity to reflect on our commitment to listening, learning, and honouring the remarkable achievements of the Black community and providing support during challenging times.
At the MCF, we are working towards a society where everyone has the opportunity to lead positive, active, and fulfilling lives, especially for those who are in need, disadvantaged, or marginalised. Our core values of responding to need, making a difference, and striving for excellence encourage us to identify where our support is needed most. It is our hope that by offering support to charities that have greater outreach in these communities, we will help build better lives for everyone.
One charity we have been proud to support with a £15,000 grant is the African Caribbean Care Group (ACCG), which aims to alleviate social isolation and loneliness of older adults of African and Caribbean descent. One poignant aspect of their work is highlighting the lack of early detection and post-diagnostic support for people in these communities who are living with dementia.
Studies show that dementia rates are 22 per cent higher among Black people in the UK compared to White people. Similarly, Alzheimer’s disease research studies show that Black participants were 35 per cent less likely to receive a diagnosis for Alzheimer’s and related dementias than White counterparts.
This is representative of a much broader issue of health disparity in the UK among Black people. Through targeted post-diagnostic information and advice, ACCG significantly enhances the lives of vulnerable older adults through advocating for social reform and adult welfare. People living with dementia are often stripped of their independence, and those within Black communities are more likely to be neglected and left without access to vital health guidance.