It’s no secret that dementia awareness still has a long way to go but when taking a look into Alzheimer’s research I came across many famous ambassadors that I’ve spoken about in a pervious blog post. However I thought it would be interesting to see how many famous people there are supporting dementia in the UK and maybe understand why they do so.
Through research I have found there are a lot more ambassadors for Alzheimer’s than there are for dementia. I presume this is due to dementia being a form of Alzheimer’s and by supporting one you are there by supporting the other. However I did find two ambassadors who I thought would be quite interesting to research into, who specifically focus on supporting dementia itself.
In August of 2016, the OSCAR- nominated actress Carey Mulligan was made Britain’s first dementia ambassador. Carey describes herself as feeling honored to be able to have this role and due to her grandmother being diagnosed with dementia she has ‘experienced first-hand how devastating it can be’.http://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/700203/Im-honoured-Carey-Mulligan-becomes-Britains-first-dementia-ambassador
Carey, like many, understands how little awareness there is out there for dementia and believes ‘as a global society we have a duty to change that’. Touchingly, her mother has a role as a dementia friend’s champion and Carey is privileged to follow in her footsteps of now being an ambassador.
Carey has a strong opinion on how we should help get the word of dementia out there and her passion for helping those suffering with the illness shines through when discussing ways to publicise this. She believes the ‘The first step involves educating people and breaking down stigma – not just on our doorstep, but across the world.’ http://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/700203/Im-honoured-Carey-Mulligan-becomes-Britains-first-dementia-ambassador
I think Carey has the perfect attributes and drive to create awareness for dementia and I’m looking forward to seeing the difference she makes.
Another famous female who appeared of the TV ad for encouraging people to becoming dementia friends is Amanda Holden. Amanda (the TV presenter and X factor judge) never really spoke about her ‘papas’ fight with dementia publicly, but she opened up about how much of a huge part he played in her life growing up in her autobiography ‘no holding back’. Sadly it’s understood her grandfather passed away in 2007 but since then Amanda has been passionate about getting people to take part in becoming a dementia friend like herself.
As great as it is to see these famous actresses or presenters encourage us to be involved in helping those with dementia, it just brings to light that dementia can target anyone. No mater who you are, whether you are in the lime light or not, dementia does not discriminate, it can target any of us.
So spend time with your loved one suffering with dementia now, as it’s not fair on either of you to be going through this hard time. But appreciate what you can do with the time you have right now and don’t let it slip away.