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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.
Anthony H. Risser
neuroscience | neuropsychology | brain | alzheimer disease