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Through Development

PRIAE is credited for having established the area of ageing and ethnicity as a major concern in policy, research and information across sectors that affect BME elders lives.

Through Research

PRIAE has done more than raise awareness of BME elders' issues: the Institute worked actively in producing both research and tangible information and development initiatives which offered solutions to problems faced by today's ethnic elders and those of future generations, rather than just highlighting their needs. PRIAE's trail-blazing research has led to recommendations for strategic actions that have and will continue to improve the quality of life BME people, now and in years to come. Its work in health, social care, engagement with BME elders and organisations, housing and recently in employment, is highly commended by policymakers and practitioners alike with many mainstream organisations and key government departments often quoting PRIAE's work.

As a Conduit

PRIAE has been a catalyst in opening doors into the reality of BME elder experiences and the policies and organisations that claim to support and propose solutions to benefit them. By identifying issues, factors and giving directions, PRIAE has been an agent of change and developed the area of ageing and ethnicity particularly in policy, research and services.

Key Achievements include:

  • PRIAE gained Special Recognition from Europe with the Jean Kahn Award from the European Monetary Centre on Racism and Xenophopia, based in Vienna.
  • PRIAE designed and led on the first and largest European research programme on minority elderly care (MEC) under the EC Fifth Framework Research Programme and a first such award in the EC's funding history of 26 years, earning the highest research rating at the proposal stage.
  • GlaxoSmithKline commended PRIAE's work in dementia, which is regarded as authoritative.
  • PRIAE's benchmark report for the Royal Commission on Long Term Care of the Elderly is used by policymakers to produce fair access and single assessment reforms in health.
  • The Institute has led national and international initiatives covering income, employment, leadership, health, social care and housing, hospital care, palliative care, health inequalities, regional investment in Black and Minority Ethnic elder organisations and quality of life.
  • In 2001 Naina Patel was awarded the OBE in recognition of her work in improving quality of life and services for ethnic elders through PRIAE.

Please see the celebration of PRIAE over 14 years- activities, projects, programmes and progress in the ageing and ethnicity, supported by BME elders and friends of PRIAE in the PRIAE review coming soon.