‘What my dad’s dementia taught me’

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    When BBC presenter Rajan Datar learned that his father had dementia, it led him to discover that a combination of stigma, language barriers and cultural differences were stopping many in the UK’s South Asian community from seeking help. This is his experience.

    My father Sudhakar is a friendly, genial man with a mischievous glint in his eye and always keen to share a joke.

    He turns 85 in February and says he has enjoyed a fulfilled life. He was one of the first wave of immigrants from India and Pakistan who came to the UK in the 1950s.

    But in the last year or so, he and my mother Hema have noticed certain changes in his behaviour.

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