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Corrie: effectively tackling dementia care?

Next week: we’re watching Coronation Street, ITV, daily at 8.30pm. What do you think?

The soap is tackling early onset dementia and the impact of caring for a partner with the condition.

How do you think the issues and challenges faced by Lesley and her husband and carer Paul, as well as the attitudes of people to the condition are being represented on television?

  • What? Coronation Street
  • When? ITV, Mondays 7.30pm and 8.30pm, Thursdays at 8pm and Fridays at 7.30pm

Readers' comments (3)

  • I think this story is really showing how difficult it is to be a full-time carer and how hard it is to let go of someone you love, and how it makes them feel like a failure when they have to "resort" to care. I think the portrayal of the illness is exceptionally well done. It's very accurate IMO - she can recall certain events that happened 20 years ago, but can't recall something that happened five seconds previously. Very confusing for her and for her carers, but very accurate I believe. Well done Corrie for tackling this early onset dementia issue - it's usually always portrayed as being "an older people's issue".

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  • I think they have tackled it really well. However, I don't think they highlighted the fact that people with dementia often need constant care overnight aswell as they could be wandering aimlessly throughout the night... In reality I don't think someone like Paul could hold down a full time job without the help of a professional carer. I also don't think there would be many people quite so helpful and understanding as Eileen.

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  • I think Corrie have done a brilliant job of showing what it's like to care for someone with dementia, and it's so good that they've shown a case of early onset, as it is so often perceived as an "older people's" issue. It shows the impact not just on a person's carer but also on the wider community, and how the condition has so much stigma and prejudice associated with it. Good on Corrie for tackling this so sensitively and accurately (within the confines of a soap obviously!).

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