Black and Minority Ethnic elders
There are more than 10,500 older people from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) communities in Leeds. They include people from African, Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean, Chinese, East European, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller, Indian, Irish, Jewish, Kashmiri and Pakistani backgrounds.
Many BME elders face language and culture barriers in finding out about and using mainstream services. People from BME backgrounds tend to be concentrated in the most disadvantaged parts of the city and their health is often poorer than that of the general population. BME elders with chronic health conditions are more likely to have higher levels of disability and more likely to become dependent on others at an earlier age.
There are a number of community organisations which aim to meet the needs of BME elders for services such as culturally appropriate food, companionship, and first language information and advocacy.