Actress Carey Mulligan has opened up about her grandmother’s struggle with dementia in support of World Alzheimer’s Day.
The 31-year-old actress, who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society’s Global Dementia Friends charity, said the illness took away the person she loved, reported Female First.
“Piece by piece it felt like Nans was being taken from us. As I reached my early 20s, dementia was shutting down parts of her that made us feel like we were completely losing the grandmother that we loved so dearly,” Mulligan said.
The actress said that her grandmother hardly speaks, but can communicate her feelings through her body language.
“Today, Nans rarely communicates verbally and most of the time her eyes are closed. Her body language is good and tells us clearly whether she is happy or distressed and whether she wants something or not. In spite of this, sometimes it feels like she’s not there any more and that we just can’t reach her – and those are always the hardest visits.”