Actress Carey Mulligan to put spotlight on dementia as new Ambassador for Alzheimer's Society
Published 21 May 2012
Alzheimer's Society today (Monday 21 May) announces actress Carey Mulligan as its newest ambassador.
Carey attended a special event in north London being held to mark the beginning of the charity's Dementia Awareness Week™ (20 - 26 May).
Carey joined people with dementia and their carers at the 'Rest-Bite' service in Kentish Town. The Bafta-winning star has chosen to support Alzheimer's Society as her grandmother Margaret, known as Nans, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004.
Watch Carey talk about her grandmother's dementia
Speaking at the event, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador, Carey said:
'I am committed to helping Alzheimer's Society in any way I can. My family and I rely on the help of organisations like Alzheimer's Society to help us understand the disease and guide us in the care of my grandmother. It's been a privilege to meet so many people with dementia.'
Carey's appearance came as Alzheimer's Society published new statistics which found that 44 per cent of people currently know or used to know someone with dementia. It also found that the majority of people (61%) are worried about either themselves or someone they know developing dementia in later life. Yet despite their fears less than a fifth (16%) of people want to know more about the condition, with 18-24 year olds the most keen to learn more (25%) in comparison to only 15 per cent of over 55 year olds.
'I hope to do all I can to help defeat dementia and that's why I wanted to get involved in Dementia Awareness Week™. By speaking about my grandmother's dementia I hope to shine a light on the condition. This Dementia Awareness Week™ we are asking people to 'remember the person' by looking beyond someone's diagnosis of dementia and engaging with them.'
Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer's Society Chief Executive, said:
'We are extremely excited to have Carey's support. There are currently 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this is set to rise to one million in ten years yet there is still much stigma surrounding the condition. By speaking out about her experiences Carey is helping us to reach new audiences and will hopefully get more people talking about the condition.'
Dementia is a condition that slowly shuts down the brain and affects one in three people over the age of 65. Alzheimer's Society has produced a booklet and video of the five things you should know about dementia to help people learn that little bit more - key lessons include dementia is not a natural part of ageing and it is possible to live well with dementia. The booklet can be downloaded and the video viewed at alzheimers.org.uk/remembertheperson