Here David tells us about his experience of using the resources at a recent Session he did for a Chinese audience.
Why I wanted to create Dementia Friends in the Chinese Community
I’ve been in the Steering Group of a Dementia Awareness and Support Project for the Chinese community in London for about 2 years now. The project is run by a voluntary organization, the Chinese National Healthy Living Centre. I became a Dementia Friends Champion earlier this year and hoped to combine both interests!
Delivering the Dementia Friends Sessions
With the revised Dementia Friends materials for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, I grabbed the opportunity to deliver a Dementia Friends Information Session to our Reminiscence Tea House support group.
Gill Tan and Tom Lam, the project co-ordinators for the group, helped me to review the materials and made sure that the language still conveys the same messages in translation. I ran a Dementia Friends Information Session to them beforehand so they became Dementia Friends and could understand the session fully. I don’t speak fluent Chinese, so in this instance we used a translator but ideally it’s important to speak the language of the group rather than use translators.
We tried to keep the sessions simple but lively. Especially as our last sessions were in strong competition with the mah-jong group which was held at the same time! The Chinese Dementia Awareness and Support Project has a new less stigmatising word ‘Tui-Zhi-Zheng” which we used in the translation for dementia.
In the Dementia Friends sessions Gill used a brief call and response routine to help people get used to the word. The Dementia Quiz was great at carrying the 5 messages to the audience. People raised their hands for ‘yes’ and ‘no’ responses and Gill translated their comments. This went down well and seemed to keep the mah-jong players with us!
So far we have delivered four Information Sessions for four different Chinese community groups, creating about 70 Dementia Friends and receiving excellent feedback! I will continue to feedback on using the BAME materials and helping to make Dementia Friends as accessible as possible.
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