Progressing dementia risk reduction initiatives for culturally and linguistically diverse older adults in Australia

Dhvani Patel, Jed Montayre, Diana Karamacoska, Joyce Siette

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Abstract

Objectives: Dementia is a global public health concern, with approximately 487,500 Australians living with this condition. As an incurable disease, collaborative public health approaches are at the forefront for risk reduction of dementia. In Australia, nearly one in three individuals older than 65 years belong to culturally and linguistically diverse populations (CALD), yet dementia prevention approaches within CALD communities remain limited. Current health services and education require a targeted multidimensional and multicultural approach for dementia prevention interventions. Methods: Recent recognition of gaps in CALD dementia awareness and accessibility has instigated a range of initiatives that address language disparities and dementia literacy within Australia's older population. While these have created pockets of dementia awareness and health promotion, a ‘whole of community’ and government approach is needed to decrease the recognised modifiable risk factors of dementia. Results: This work serves to identify effective methods to promote dementia risk factor reduction using behaviour change techniques through five key recommendations specific for CALD communities. These suggestions are covered by the need for federal funds to be allocated to specific culturally inclusive initiatives highlighted under primary care, public health, research and community sectors. Conclusions: Key recommendations are created to address language disparities and dementia literacy in Australia's older population to aid healthy brain ageing for CALD older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-584
Number of pages6
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • culturally and linguistically diverse adults
  • dementia
  • health policy
  • health services

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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