VIDEO: Carey Mulligan praises "brilliant" care for grandmother
HOLLYWOOD actress Carey Mulligan has spoken of the "brilliant" care her grandmother receives at a Swansea Valley care home.
The Great Gatsby star is urging people to join in the fight against dementia — the condition which affects her nan — by taking part in the Alzheimer's Society's forthcoming Memory Walk fundraising event.
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The actress's grandmother is looked after at a care home in Pontardawe.
Speaking to the BBC1's Breakfast Show, the 28-year-old said: "My grandma has dementia and is in a brilliant home in Wales, Pontardawe.
"I think we started noticing signs of dementia about 12 years ago when I was about 15, 16.
"I started to realise she was forgetful about things that I knew she would be passionate about and remember.
"She was a geography teacher and so she was always really interested in my education and what I was studying.
"I remember picking my A-levels and I told her what I was doing and she started not remembering what the subjects were and I thought, you love education and you are really excited about what I'm going to do, and she couldn't remember them.
"The first time I went into the home she had trouble communicating."
The star is an ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.
Speaking about visiting her 87-year-old nan in the home for the first time, she added: "I could talk to her, but often, other people in the home would try and talk to me or try to start a conversation and I would feel immediately nervous and think am I going to mess up this conversation because it's slightly difficult sometimes.
"It can be a little bit challenging talking to somebody with dementia if you're nervous - you don't want to be patronising and I think a lot of people feel that.
"I think what's so great about the Alzheimer's Society and what we want to do in September, is these Memory Walks."
The Swansea Memory Walk will take place on Sunday, September 29.
It will begin at 11am from the Waterfront Museum and fundraisers will be able to choose between a 2-kilometer and a 10k walk.
People can register for the event by visiting www.memorywalk.org.uk.