Research suggests fewer black men receiving dementia diagnosis

Research recently presented in Chicago at Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) reveals differences in diagnosis rates between black and white men in the UK.

Specifically, the researchers found that black men developing dementia are 11% less likely to get a diagnosis than white men, despite dementia prevalence being higher in black men.

Dr Doug Brown, Chief Policy and Research Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, says:

'By 2021, 1 million people will be living with dementia in the UK, but despite the scale of the issue, we still do not have a simple test to diagnose dementia. 

'This research adds flesh to the bones of a worrying pattern we’re starting to see in the UK. Black men are receiving fewer diagnoses than white men, despite prevalence being higher amongst black men. 

'Everyone has the right to know what condition they have and the right to the care and support they need. A dementia diagnosis gives people an answer and access to this.

'It is vital that everyone has equal access to a diagnosis, regardless of their race, gender, age or postcode, and we will continue to build on our work with Government to make sure this happens.'

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