Putting the spotlight
Our Dementia in the Family report called attention to the realities of daily life for
carers looking after loved ones with dementia, and it drew a huge response from
people with similar experiences. Actress Phyllida Law, who looked after her mother
Meg after dementia took hold, helped launch the report, which used in-depth
case studies to reveal how dementia changes family relationships, causes social
isolation, and affects carers’ health and finances.
"When you’re worn out because you haven’t slept, you can be in danger
of losing your temper, and that’s very hard. I wasn’t as isolated as some
people, and I was lucky because I had help. But caring for Ma, you couldn’t
leave the house without taking her with you, so you did feel very stuck.
A treatment that could help people like my mother would be unimaginable.
It’s extraordinary to think of the advances that have been made for diseases
like cancer, and it would be wonderful to see that for dementia."