Lunch & Learn – Dementia risk in minoritised ethnic groups: incidence and 12 modifiable risk factors

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14th May 2024

12:30 pm

– 1:30 pm

Online (Zoom)

People from minoritised ethnic groups are projected to develop dementia at a faster rate than the white British population, and are more likely to experience modifiable risk factors for dementia (MRF). However, dementia research has not systematically included minoritised ethnic groups.

Magda will talk about the existing research on MRF in minoritised ethnic groups in the UK, focusing on 12 particular MRF: less education, hypertension, hearing difficulties, smoking, obesity, depression, physical inactivity, diabetes, low social contact, alcohol use, traumatic brain injury, and air pollution. She will present a scoping review exploring which ethnic groups have been investigated, for which MRF and using which methods. She will also describe the contribution of patient and public involvement activities with minoritised ethnic groups to the scoping review. Based on this work, research gaps and priorities for dementia research with ethnically diverse communities will be summarised.

Using primary care data in Connected Bradford, Lin will introduce her research on dementia diagnosis rates by eight ethnic groups: White British, Black African, Black Caribbean, South Asian, East Asian, mixed ethnic group, other white ethnic group, and other ethnic group. She will talk about the recent trends in dementia incidence estimated from 2009 to 2019. More findings regarding age at diagnosis, age at death, and policy implications based on these results will also be discussed.

Guest Speakers:
Lin Gong
– Research Fellow
Magda Jordao – Research Fellow
Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research

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