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Broadbent: How Alzheimer's took my mum

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Oscar-winning actor Jim Broadbent has challenged the government to take urgent action on dementia research.

At present the government spends eight times less on understanding dementia than it does on understanding cancer.

He talks about the alarm and helplessness he felt on discovering his mum had Alzheimer's.

Jim Broadbent won his Oscar for best actor in a supporting role in 2001 for Iris, in which he played husband and carer John Bayley to Dame Judi Dench's Iris Murdoch, who was also an Alzheimer's sufferer.

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