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Black Elders

Black elders, the most frail of the Black community, usually face complex problems. Their situation is certainly not easy to comprehend through a mere statistical study. Their plight is not only accentuated by physical condition of ageing. They also find themselves unable to gain access to medical treatment, support and care by reason of language , culture, colour, or religious belief.

According to the 1991 census, the total number of Black elders above 65 years was around 97,232, comprising 17% of all Black people In Britain and forming 0.17% of the entire population in Britain. Comparison with the 1986 census report indicates that there has been an increase of half a million in the total Black population. There has been a significant increase within the pensionable age group. The figures also show that Afro-Caribbean and Asians have a sizeable population above 65 years, whereas there are fewer Bangladeshi and Pakistanis within that age group. Another interesting fact is that there are far more men above 65 years than women.

Recent studies, as well as the 1991 census information, show a rise in the awareness of life in Britain for Black elders. However very little has been done to remedy conditions for them.

Alison Norman has suggested that a reason for this can be that: those who are most committed to eliminating racial discrimination know little about services for the elderly, while those concerned for the elderly may not be in the forefront of the fight for non discrimination.

It is a fact that services provided for Black elders have been more in the way of a piecemeal response to demographic change, particular legislation, and fashions in service provision. In order to understand the plight in which Black elders find themselves, it is important to understand how well or poorly circumstanced they are in terms of the provision of housing, health , income and social welfare.

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Psychiatric services for Black and minority ethnic elders

Produced by Royal College of Psychiatrists
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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006


Connecting Communities Public Speaking Awards

Fifteen eager pensioners will be presenting their speeches at the Public Speaking Awards ceremony that will be held in January 22nd 2005. They, along with 150 plus pensioners from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, will celebrate personal achievements at the Stratford Town Hall
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Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2005


Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity

Organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life of black and Ethnic Minortiy Elders in the UK and in Europe
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Posted: Tuesday, March 30, 2004


Black and minority ethnic elders affected by racism

Racism&#39 s hidden impact on the quality of life for Britain&#39 s ageing Ethnic Minorities
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Posted: Saturday, May 17, 2003


Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity

The Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicity (PRIAE) was founded in 1998, and work with policymakers, health authorities, voluntary organisations and older people to improve access to and provision of services to black and ethnic minority elders.
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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2003


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