Brain Health Project
CWT was part of a joint research project in 2022 entitled “Improving knowledge and increasing understanding of brain health in order to prevent dementia across five major Chinese communities in the UK’. Led by researchers from the University of Wolverhampton and the University of West England, the project was awarded funding by Alzheimer’s Research UK which involved collaborative working with four other Chinese community centers in England - Chinese Health Information Centre (Manchester), Chinese Wellbeing (Liverpool), Chinese Community Centre - Birmingham (CCC-B) and Chinese Community Wellbeing Society (formerly Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group).
The national project aimed to (1) engage the local community to develop and design culturally appropriate brain health materials, (2) improve understanding and knowledge of brain health in the general Chinese population, and (3) impart knowledge to the Chinese community organisations on brain health, physical exercise and diet for Chinese elderly people and people with mild dementia. Collectively, we hosted 15 workshops across England and delivered culturally appropriate materials to workshop participants with a view to enhance knowledge and understanding of brain health, and to nuture greater openness about discussing dementia and develop a dialogue about brain health within the communities.
This ARUK project ties in with our own flagship project which we co-developed with Dementia UK on training the first Chinese-speaking Admiral Nurse (dementia specialist nursing service that takes a family-centered approach).
We encourage early help-seeking behaviour for people and their family who may be facing dementia. Our group of enthusiastic brain health project volunteers designed and produced a poster and a leaflet to facilitate conversations between generations on the importance of looking after our brain as we age. This educational material was distributed in many locations across the Chinese community in London.
Brain Health Poster
Brain Health Tri-fold Leaflet Side 1
Brain Health Tri-fold Leaflet Side 2
The first National Webinar on Brain Health for Chinese Voluntary Organisations
1 June 2022
Webinar chaired by Eddie Chan, co-chair of CWT
Dr Ruth Akiyo Mizoguchi (MD, LRCPS LRCP LRCS, FRCP)
Care of the Elderly Consultant & Dementia Lead , Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Honorary Senior Lecturer , Imperial College
Dr Jihui Lyu
Centre for Cognitive Disorders
Beijing Geriatric Hospitals
with representatives from five Chinese community organisations across England
Chinese Welfare Trust
Chinese Community Centre - Birmingham
Chinese Health Information Centre (Manchester)
Chinese Community Wellbeing Society
(formerly Bristol and Avon Chinese Women's Group)