9 Jan 2017
Author: Carol Bragg
Speaking to The Times, the actress Rebecca Hall describes the impact of her father’s dementia on the family.
Actress Rebecca Hall has spoken openly about her father’s illness and how it has affected her family.
Hall who lives in New York with her husband and two cats is the daughter of the British theatre director Sir Peter Hall.
Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and one time controversial director of the National Theatre, Sir Peter retired in 2011 following a dementia diagnosis.
Speaking about her father’s illness, Hall said, “It’s a very sad disease.
“It does seem an irony for humanity that our physical bodies are getting stronger and stronger and living for ever — but we’ve got no idea how to look after our brains.”
“Difficult thing for family to adjust to”
“My father’s in a really good place now,” she continues, “He’s looked after very well, but he’s very much in the later stages of dementia and it’s a very difficult thing for a family to adjust to.”
Dementia is a democratic disease, it catches all, regardless of age, race, or gender within its franchise. While science struggles to provide solutions to the impending epidemic – 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia with numbers expected to top 1million by 2025 – it is possible to protect yourself from its effects such as loss of ability to manage your own affairs.
By making a Lasting Power of Attorney you allow a close friend or relative to act as your advocate with regard to your finances and or health and welfare.