Monday, September 26, 2005

Dementia on Coronation Street

From The Scotsman:
Alzheimer's set to take centre stage in TV soap
LISA HAYNES
26 September 2005

HE'S always been the bolshy, confident character on the cobbles of Coronation Street, but this year Mike Baldwin's life is set to take a dramatic turn in the soap.

The character, played by 70-year-old Johnny Briggs, is showing the first signs of Alzheimer's disease. Millions of viewers will watch as the bubbly factory boss becomes increasingly forgetful and goes into a gradual decline from the condition.

While Mike puts his memory loss down to old age, in reality, dementia is a disease that affects more than 750,000 people in the UK - yet there is still a lot of ignorance about the symptoms and the help that can be offered.
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Anthony H. Risser
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