Alzheimer’s Research UK Ambassador Scott Mitchell details life with Dame Barbara Windsor in new book
‘I’m so glad you had the life you did, Barbara. I’m sorry you can’t remember, but my God, what a life! You haven’t wasted a minute of it…’ Scott Mitchell In December 2020, while the world was gripped with news of an imminent third lockdown, Alzheimer’s Research UK Ambassador Scott Mitchell was visiting the care…
Award-winning costume designer, Vin Burnham, looks back at the making of Dame Barbara Windor’s iconic costumes, now up for auction in aid of dementia research.
We were proud to partner with actress and broadcaster Shobna Gulati as she released her memoir Remember Me? just ahead of World Alzheimer’s Day in September. Shobna invited us to include an afterword to her book, which she has kindly allowed us to reproduce in full here.
To accelerate progress towards life-changing treatments, we must also change the conversation about dementia.
Looking back now the early changes were so marginal and so easy to put down to other things – tiredness, stress. You could always find an explanation.
This year you helped us achieve an incredible feat – almost 35,000 signatures asking for more funding for dementia research.
Why an orange? Because the damage caused by Alzheimer’s can lead to a brain weighing around 140g less than a healthy one – that’s about the weight of an orange.
As someone who recently lost a loved one to dementia, I was apprehensive about seeing this play. Would it be an accurate portrayal of the effects of dementia? Would it over-dramatise its impact on relationships or, worse still, sentimentalise it?
Alzheimer’s is horrific, and it’s something you wouldn’t wish on anyone. And that’s why I decided to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK with this song – a charity I’m proud to support. Backing their work gives us the best chance of fighting it. It’s so important.
History has shown that dementia is no respecter of persons. Iris Murdoch had one of the greatest minds that the twentieth century ever produced, as a philosopher and a novelist, but she succumbed very quickly and very terribly to dementia. Santa Forgot imagines a world where not even Santa is immune to its devastating effect.