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Help Needed


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Jan 29, 2008

My name is Lissa Cardell and I'm 21 years old. My Granny was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease two years ago and since then her condition has deteriorated quite rapidly. During this time i have witnessed the effect that this has on both the sufferer and family and carers around them.

I am in my third year of a Broadcast Journalism degree at Nottingham Trent University and as part of my final year dissertation I must make a 15 minute documentary. I have chosen to make my documentary on the trials and tribulations of living with Alzheimers disease.

Included in this I am hoping to contrast the systems of care (nursing homes etc) in both England and Scotland. My Grandmother lives in SCotland and I understand the care system is (arguably) better than that of Englands. If anyone can proviode me with any personal experiences with the system in place at the moment then that would be a big help.

Anyone who has any particular views on NICE's decision to hold back on the use of drugs such as Aricept, I would be really interested.

I know that Alzheimer's disease is an upsetting and at times taboo subject but if there are any carers out there who would be willing to be involved in the making of this documentary I would really appreciate it. The film is soley for assessment purposes and would not be broadcast.

I really want to do this topic justice as it is something which has affected both mine and my families lives.

I hope you can be of some help,
Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Lissa Cardell