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BBC'S Holby City tackles dementia

BBC'S Holby City tackles dementia

BBC's medical drama, Holby City, is tackling dementia with one of its major characters, Serena Campbell.
The character, played by Catherine Russell, was confronted with the fact that her mother may have the condition in Tuesday's episode (27 May 2014).
Alzheimer's Society was consulted in the writing of the script and advised on everything from symptoms to the types of issues faced by both people living with dementia and their carers.
Sandra Voe, who is playing the part of Serena's mother, Adrienne, also visited an Alzheimer's Society day support centre at Edgware Hospital in North London view to gaining a better understanding of the condition for her role.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'It's great to see awareness of dementia being raised as this emotive storyline in BBC's Holby City unfolds. Dementia affects everyone differently but many of the issues highlighted onscreen are faced by the 800,000 people living with the condition in the UK.
'As is portrayed in the storyline, recognising symptoms, obtaining a diagnosis and putting plans in place for care, are all key parts of a family's journey when affected by dementia. Serena's feelings of guilt surrounding the situation are unfortunately similar to those experienced by many carers. It will be interesting to see how this story progresses.
'For confidential advice, information and support, call Alzheimer's Society's National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 11 22.'
Jeremy Hughes
Chief Executive
Alzheimer's Society
Further information

Alzheimer's Society National Dementia Helpline
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents.php?categoryID=20036...

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