Social Isolation and Older People Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic People in Greater Manchester – new report
Our latest report - written by researchers Dr Camilla Lewis and Natalie Cotterell at The University of Manchester – is calling for more research into the experiences of older Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people in Greater Manchester.
The report recommends that further investigation needs to be carried out in order to recognise the differences between, and within, minority ethnic populations in relation to their experiences of social isolation. This is because the risks of social isolation have transpired as being very different among the different groups, involving a range of complex multiple factors that need further understanding and clarification if effective interventions are to be made.
The report also suggests that involving older people from minority ethnic backgrounds in future co-research projects would be extremely valuable in ensuring that seldom heard people get given a voice in ongoing discussions.
Commenting on her findings, researcher Camilla Lewis said: “Minority ethnic groups often experience a greater number of health, economic, and social inequalities compared to white groups. Such inequalities accumulate over people’s lives, increasing their vulnerability to social isolation in later life. But it is important to acknowledge differences within and across BAME groups. The risk of social isolation is not the same amongst all minority ethnic groups.”
Speaking about the publication of the report, Mayor Andy Burnham said: “We welcome this report on some of the groups that find themselves the most excluded. Only by understanding complex issues, such as the social isolation experienced by BAME people as they age, can we begin to address them and ensure our policies are fit for purpose. This report is further evidence of the world leading research on ageing taking place here, and supports the work we’re doing to make Greater Manchester an age-friendly city-region."
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