Carey is just one of hundreds of thousands of individuals in the UK who has a close family member suffering from Alzheimer’s. Her grandmother, who she affectionately refers to as ‘Nans’, was diagnosed eight years ago and after witnessing her in both a confused and distressed state, Carey was keen to do what she could to spread awareness of the condition.
Whilst Carey and her family now experience very little communication or recognition from their grandmother, Carey says that she still seems to enjoy listening to music.
The actress has also sung the praises of the care home in south Wales who provide full time care and support for ‘Nans’, describing the level of care as “inspirational’.
Speaking about caring for those affected by the condition, Carey said: “It’s based on time, and remembering that those with dementia are still people and they still have stories and they still have character and they’re all individuals and they’re all unique. And they just need to be interacted with on a human level.”
The Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes has said that he hopes the support of the actress will help the charity to reach new audiences as well as sparking conversation about the condition. Carey herself has also said that she hopes to make a particular impact with the younger generation.
“Because they have their family members being affected they want to know more, they want to understand it and they want to find a way to cure it or find ways to prevent it, so there’s just a lot more interest.” She said.
Carery still goes to visit her grandmother whenever she can, and has said that whilst the condition has caused great sadness and pain for her family, some of the visits have been extremely positive.
“It’s always so wonderful to see a glimpse of her, and have a moment where she responds or where you can see her really at peace or happy. I’ve seen the amazing dignity of life, and an amazing love that people can have, and amazing generosity.” She said.
This week the Alzheimer’s Society is running events across England, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of Dementia Week. To find out more and to get involved, visit the Alzheimer’s Society website for full details.
You could also share the following helpful video that the charity has put together, to further help spread awareness of a condition that could one-day impact you and your family.
For information about how Counselling and Psychotherapy could be of benefit to dementia sufferers and their families, please visit our fact-sheet.
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