Council outlines new approach to tackling dementia in Croydon
DEMENTIA will become 20 times more prevalent in Croydon's black and ethnic minorities than white communities, a report has found.
The figures are contained within a document outlining the council's new approach to the syndrome to meet rising demand for treatment and support.
In Croydon, 3,300 people have been diagnosed with dementia which affects 800,000 men and women in the UK.
The new strategy is based on early intervention and helping to support people to build confidence so they can live life as independently as possible.
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Croydon Council expects more resources will need to be found or care homes and care home placements over the next five years.
Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities have been identified as a key focus, with their dementia rates expected to increase 20 times higher than those of white UK origin.
Councillor Margaret Mead, cabinet member for adult services and health, said: "This strategy will change the landscape of dementia care across the community.
"Dementia is a terrible illness and we need to increase our understanding and awareness of the condition.
"Focusing on early diagnosis and prevention will help manage demand and improve quality of life, both for patients and their carers."
The new strategy was adopted during a cabinet meeting at the Town Hall on Monday.