The cousin of Bond Girl Dame Helen Mirren and Goldfinger actress Tania Mallet has been honored.
Tilly Masterson co-starred in the 1964 film with Sir Sean Connery as James Bond.
Oscar-winner Dame Helen conveyed her condolences in a statement following the death of her cousin Tania.
She advocates for a shift in how people perceive persons suffering from a degenerative neurological disorder.
Helen Mirren is campaigning for a shift in Parkinson’s views so that patients are no longer mislabeled as inebriates or forced to live in social isolation because of their perceived “weirdness.”
The Academy Award-winning actor wants to raise awareness about the 120,000 Britons who suffer from the degenerative neurological condition’s uncontrollable tremors.
During a recent visit to the United Kingdom, Mirren spoke exclusively to The Guardian about how a close friend’s 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease had made her more aware of the difficulties that the disease’s victims face, such as deteriorating physical impairment, mental pain, and, for some, social stigma.
The Parkinson’s UK organisation calls the UK postcode lottery in access to NHS support services for sufferers, such as specialized nurses and physiotherapy, a “disgrace.” Mirren, who won the Academy Award for best actress in 2007 for her role in The Queen, asked that the matter be resolved.
Without a doubt, she indicated her support for their campaign for equal access. “It’s terrible that someone who lives 15 miles away has access to something while the other person does not.”
“About ten years ago, a photographer who had been a close friend of mine for 30 years was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. He is unsteady on his feet, walks with a stick, has quivering hands, is having difficulties walking, trips over himself, and cannot rely on his balance. He has a very frail body. His life has been hampered, as has his social standing.”
Parkinson’s illness advances slowly but inexorably. It’s challenging to deal with on a daily basis. People who have it struggle because they are never sure if they can or cannot accomplish anything today. That is what makes regular, everyday life more difficult since, for example, you can drive perfectly fine for five minutes before suddenly losing the ability to do a task.
Because of a lack of public awareness, some patients are incorrectly thought to be intoxicated because their hands or limbs are shaking.
“People staring at you and assuming you’re drunk must be the worst thing – utterly awful, terrible, and so embarrassing,” Mirren continued.
Parkinson’s disease patients “are not some odd people dwelling on the outskirts of human experience.”
She went on to say that the public needs to understand Parkinson’s disease as thoroughly as they are beginning to understand autism.
“You know, autism was this strange, scary, dreadful thing 20 years ago, but it’s now much, much more understood. The same can be said with Parkinson’s disease.”
“The general public needs to have an honest discourse regarding Parkinson’s here. People like my friend are as valuable and important as you, me, and everyone else, and they should not feel the need to hide from the public. That is horrifying and ludicrous.”
Parkinson’s patients required to look no different to passers-by than someone wearing a cast on a damaged limb.
According to Mirren, the bodily manifestations of it are so distinct from what we presently understand that we are still a long way from that.
“We are delighted that Helen Mirren is supporting our Fair Care for Parkinson’s campaign and acknowledges the need to transform attitudes regarding Parkinson’s – among the general public, healthcare professionals, and government,” said Steve Ford, chief executive of Parkinson’s UK. People’s symptoms are frequently misconstrued and treated with disrespect.
Parkinson’s UK is funding a new study to see if playing Nintendo Wii video games might help Parkinson’s patients improve their balance, coordination, and mood. The study will be headed by psychologist Dr. Cathy Craig of Queen’s University Belfast.
According to Craig, the Wii can assist people improve their movement as well as their fitness. People claim their balance has improved, which helps them avoid falling, which is a common Parkinson’s symptom.
Others find that the Wii’s social features considerably lift their spirits and help them combat the anxiety and depression that many people with Parkinson’s experience.
Mirren promotes Nintendo’s Wii Fit video games.