Her grandmother lost a 16-year battle with Alzheimer’s earlier this year, passing away at the age of 91.
And Carey Mulligan has opened up about ‘Nan’s’ death, in an emotional interview which she hopes will raise awareness of the debilitating brain disease.
The British Great Gatsby actress, 32, revealed the painful journey- which started when she was just 16, saw her grandmother unable to utter more than a few words.
Speaking about the condition, which destroys sufferers’ memories and cognitive functions, she told The Times: ‘The progression of the disease meant that by the time I was in my mid-twenties she wasn’t able to communicate much beyond a few words, and largely in Welsh, her mother tongue.’
But despite the painful experience of watching her grandmother deteriorate, she praised the carers for going the extra mile.
‘She spent that time in the most wonderful nursing home with carers who infused her days with as much love, joy and tenderness as humanly possible,’ she remembered.
‘The day she died two of them came in on her day off to sit with my mum at Nan’s bedside. They stayed for more than three hours,’ she recalled sadly.
Carey is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, who in the UK have launched Dementia Friends, an educational programme where members of the public can learn how to help someone suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.
Urging people to sign up for a session, she added: ‘I would encourage you to find a session locally, take a friend and go along. It’s an engaging and fascinating experience, and despite believing I knew pretty much all there was to know about living with dementia, I walked away with a totally different perspective.’