(This post was originally posted by Flaming Nora on the Coronation Street Blog May 2012, reposted to this blog with permission.)
So, it's farewell to Lesley Kershaw as she's killed off in a storyline shortcut to get Eileen and Paul together without any guilt, well not much anyway. But before we forget all about her, I'd just like to blog how much I've admired watching Lesley Kershaw's portrayal of an Alzheimer's Disease sufferer.
Having first-hand experience of Alzheimer's Disease in our family, currently with an older family member, I know that Judy Holt's portrayal of Lesley has been spot on, at times painfully so. It raised a lot of issues for those who love and care for people with Alzheimer's Disease including showing how difficult finding good care is, and proving that not everyone, not even 'Mother Earth' Eileen can cope. It's also highlighted that Alzheimer's Disease isn't just an old person's disease, it can happen much earlier too.
However, with the experience I have of managing care for a family member with Alzheimer's Disease, I would take issue with Coronation Street for not showing enough care options for people in Paul's position. I know, for instance, how wonderful our local Social Services have been in terms of assessment and providing care, in our case it's been day-care but they also offer carers who come into the person's home. It doesn't have to be a care-home full-time, it doesn't have to be all or nothing.
Why didn't Corrie show there were options available? Because in the world of soap, it's easier to kill off a character in order to move the story on. I understand that, of course, Corrie isn't the real world.
find out more here.
The event co-incides with Dementia Awareness Week and has been organised by Bury Adult Care Services and partners. All proceeds will be divided equally between Making Space and the Alzheimer's Society.
Did you know Judy Holt has been in Corrie before? Back in 1991 she played Mrs Grice - find out details at Corrie.net.
Link: The Alzheimer's Society UK
Link: Dementia Awareness Week - May 20-26 2012
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