Fiona speaks from first hand experience as her mother had Alzheimer's until her death in May 2006 and her father, who was diagnosed with the disease shortly afterwards, died in February 2012.
In January 2009, Fiona presented Mum, Dad, Alzheimer's and Me, an incredibly moving Dispatches documentary featuring Fiona talking candidly about her struggles caring for both her parents during their respective illnesses and investigating the difficulties faced by people with Alzheimer's and their families to get adequate care and support. Fiona has written a book, Before I Forget, about her relationship with her parents and their dementia.
'If you know someone with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, you will know how devastating it is for everyone concerned. How frightening and distressing for those who have the illness. How heartbreaking for their loved ones. In memory of both my Mum and Dad and over 750,000 other people with dementia in the UK, I am proud to support the Alzheimer's Society.'
Fiona Phillips supports us because
- By 2018 dementia will cost the UK £27 billion per annum
- 86p out of every pound given to us is spent on charitable services - supporting people, research and campaigning.
What you can do
The Vice-Presidents, Patrons and Ambassadors programme was launched by the Alzheimer's Society at the House of Lords on Thursday 15 March 2007, with more than 30 influential people from the worlds of business, politics, science and the arts.
Visit Talking Point and take part in the discussions