First of all Merry Christmas to all my readers, followers and students. Don’t forget that I will be posting next week too!
In a new departure for me, I am going to mention a Soap! This week Emmerdale was praised both by fans and dementia charities for its portrayal of the illness in a special episode which was constructed to try and show the perspective of man who is living with dementia.
Described variously as exaggerated, unrealistically fast in its portrayal of decline, as well as, a “realistic portrayal of the condition (Vascular Dementia) which will change people’s views” the episode caused a huge reaction on social media. Emmerdale producers had worked with both the Alzheimer’s Society and MHA care homes to devise the storyline which you can read about at
If you missed the episode and you are a student or staff member at UWS you can watch the episode at https://clickv.ie/w/96Jg Just use your normal e-mail login when you are asked for it. It’s also on Catchup TV at
It’s also on Catchup TV at http://www.itv.com/hub/emmerdale/Ya0524 if you are in the UK.
Why not watch and make up your own mind and post your comments here.
I think the fact that it has raised the public profile and awareness of dementia again is no bad thing but if you are going to do it, surely the person would have to be in the soap for quite a while with developing and worsening symptoms to make it far more realistic.
On perhaps a more serious note for those affected by dementia, there is sound advice on living well with dementia at Christmas time from Alzheimer’s Scotland which can be found at Living well at Xmas