Intercultural Support

This database contains information of potential interest to people with dementia and their supporters (e.g. family, friends and informal carers) from minority ethnic groups, as well as to professional carers, policy makers and all involved in designing, developing and providing intercultural care and support for people with dementia.

The identification and sharing of tried and tested initiatives and materials should hopefully provide ideas and a solid basis for the development or improvement of such services and support in Europe, adapting them where necessary, and at the same time help avoid the duplication of efforts. This database is an ongoing repository of information and we would be pleased to hear from you about other initiatives and relevant materials in Europe. 

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Alzheimer Sverige cost-free dementia helpline

On the www.alzheimersverige.se website anyone interested (professional or private) is encouraged to call the cost-free telephone number: https://www.alzheimersverige.se/stod-radgivning/telefonradgivning/ where it is possible to speak in Farsi, Serbian, Croatian, Swedish, English and Danish. The information about the helpline is in Swedish but there...

Dementia Wellbeing Service

A series of individual DVDs and leaflets (Memory loss? Confusion? Change in behaviour? Your questions answered. A film about dementia) in English and other community languages, designed to answer common questions and to provide information about free support available in the area. The Dementia Wellbeing Service also ensures that every GP practice...

Muitohallat – Everyday life support for Sámi people with memory related disease and their community

The aim of the project is to support and promote the overall capacity and vitality of Sámi people with memory related disease. The project promotes the memory patient’s possibilities to live at home as long as possible and supports their close relatives in encountering and supporting the memory patient. The project aims to find cultural-sensitive...
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MUKES website

The aim of the Multicultural Memory Centre - The Finnish Society for Memory Work is to ensure that people from ethnic minority backgrounds with dementia get a timely and accurate diagnosis. The Multicultural Memory Centre MUKES supports social and health care professionals and students by raising awareness of cultural sensitive memory work. We also...

South Asian Dementia Café – Hamari Yaadain

During the COVID-19 pandemix, as routine is important to people with dementia, we have replaced our fortnightly South Asian Dementia café, which is on First and Third Thursday of every month from 1-3pm, with ‘Telephone Drop-in’ where we use this slot to answer any questions and to provide emotional support over telephone to all our café members
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Support for the Arabic-Muslim Community

In recent years there has been an emphasis on training and education for professionals by EMDA (the Alzheimer Society of Israel) and the Ministry of Health in the Muslim community. The goal is to improve medical and social services including evaluation, care and support of the family. Support in people's homes, training and education of...
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Support for ultra-orthodox Jews

The ultra-orthodox Jewish community. In the past dementia was considered a mental illness, especially in the case of early onset dementia, and sometimes interfered with the chances of a good marriage arrangement. The ultra-orthodox Jews highly value mental abilities and any cognitive decline might reduce the family’s honour. EMDA, together with an...
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Acknowledgement
Alzheimer Europe's database on intercultural initiatives was developed as part of the 2018 Work Plan which received funding under an operating grant from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014–2020).
Alzheimer Europe also gratefully acknowledges the funding provided by Robert Bosch Stiftung.
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