Journal of Brain and Neurology

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Short Article - Journal of Brain and Neurology (2020) Volume 3, Issue 1

Raising awareness about Vascular Dementia in the African-Caribbean community in London

London, the UK capital is home to 58% of all those who identified themselves as African-Caribbean in the UK 2011 National Census. Demographically due to the age profile, the UK African-Caribbean population has the highest proportion of older people than any other Black populations in the Census categories as result of the history of the migration of African-Caribbean peoples into the UK. This saw a significant increase in migration of working age adults in the period from 1940 to 1960, encouraged by the UK government in World War II and the post war UK economic policy. Many of these expected to return to the Caribbean on retirement. At that time, the average life span in the Caribbean was 51.5 years . Subsequently the increasing life expectancy has risen to 74 in the Caribbean and 81 in the UK today. People have put down family roots in the UK and also the poor experience of many pensioner retirees and concerns about the limitations of older peoples services in the Caribbean have led to a high proportion of the AfricanCaribbean community spending their last years in the UK.

Author(s): David Truswell

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