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Carey Mulligan highlights dementia issues

AAP logoAAP 15/08/2016

British actress Carey Mulligan wants to help make communities more dementia-friendly.

Her grandmother Margaret was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2004 and the Oscar-nominated actress has become the first UK Global Dementia Friends Ambassador.

"My Nans has dementia and I have experienced first-hand how devastating it can be," Mulligan said.

"It affects everyone differently, and it's so important that everyone affected by the condition is treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve.

"At the moment, there's not nearly enough awareness and as a global society we have a duty to change that.

"The first step involves educating people and breaking down stigma - not just on our doorstep, but across the world.

"I've seen my mum doing this in her role as a Dementia Friends champion - now I'm honoured to become the first Global Dementia Friends Ambassador and help Alzheimer's Society and the government change global attitudes towards dementia."

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