Dame Judi Dench’s dementia appeal is a legacy of the film Iris – The Yorkshire Post says

DAME Judi Dench’s new plea to the Government to fulfil its election promise to double investment in dementia research comes from the heart following her captivating, painful and haunting portrayal about the novelist Iris Murdoch’s struggle with Alzheimer’s.

Actress Dame Judi Dench was born in York.

Nearly two decades after the film Iris led to the brilliant York-born Dame Judi being nominated for an Oscar, it is insulting that pressure is having to be exerted on the Tories to honour election commitments made just a year ago.

Yet, since then, the near-silence has been deafening. And while Covid is the here and now, dementia-related illnesses will cost the country even more in the longer-term without research to better understand these conditions – and their treatment.

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“I’m sadly all too aware of how painful, cruel and unforgiving this condition can be. Not only on the person affected, but their friends and family too. It is heart-breaking and we must take action,” implores Dame Judi. We agree.

Actress Dame Judy Dench officially opens the Iris Murdoch Centre for Dementia at Stirling University in 2003.

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