Coronation Street star Julie Goodyear has recently been diagnosed with dementia. Julie Goodyear, 81, best known for playing Bet Lynch in the soap for more than 20 years, has been experiencing symptoms of forgetfulness for a while. Away from the screen, Julie Goodyear has been happily married to her husband Scott Brand since 2007.
Julie Goodyear’s husband Scott Brand issued a statement on his wife’s behalf, in which he shared the “heartbreaking” diagnosis about Julie Goodyear on June 7. Brand has issued a statement that they are “coming to terms” with Julie Goodyear’s heart-breaking diagnosis. Julie Goodyear has been suffering forgetfulness for some time and they have been seeking medical advice and assistance.
Brand revealed that there is no hope of a reversal in the situation and that Julie Goodyear’s condition will get progressively, and perhaps speedily, worse. They have taken the decision to publicly announce the diagnosis as Goodyear still loves visiting friends and eating out. Inevitably Julie Goodyear is recognised, and fans love to meet her, and she them.
But Julie Goodyear can get confused particularly if she is tired.
Brand “hopes people will understand”. Julie Goodyear is renowned for her role as Bet Lynch on the Cobbles. She is one of Weatherfield’s most beloved figures and was a series regular from 1970 to 1995. For the unversed, Julie Goodyear rose to fame with her character Bet Lynch in the Coronation Street from 1966 and remained in the soap until 1995.
In the same year, Julie Goodyear was awarded the Special Recognition Award at the National Television Awards. She was also made an MBE in New Year Honours in 1996. Julie Goodyear remains a patron of Willow Wood Hospice in Greater Manchester.
Other celebrities who have opened up about their diagnosis of dementia and helped to raise awareness of the condition include Tony Christie, Angela Rippon, and Bruce Willis. Dementia is a syndrome associated with an ongoing decline of brain function. The condition can affect memory, as well as the way you speak, think, feel and behave.
There are many different types, with many different causes, and it is not a natural part of ageing.
Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia are two different types, with both of them making up the majority of cases. Other types include frontotemporal dementia like Willis’ diagnosis, dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), young-onset, as well as mixed dementia. Around 19 out of 20 people with dementia have one of the main types.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in the UK. It is a progressive condition, meaning symptoms develop gradually over many years, slowly becoming more severe. The exact cause isn’t yet fully understood, though factors that can potentially increase your risk include age, a family history, untreated depression and lifestyle factors associated with cardiovascular disease.
The first sign is usually minor memory problems, such as forgetting about recent conversations or events, or forgetting the names of places and objects. As the condition develops and symptoms become more severe. Vascular dementia is a common type of the syndrome, caused by reduced blood flow to the brain, which often gets worse over time, though it’s sometimes possible to slow it down.
It can either start suddenly or begin slowly over time.
This can make daily life increasingly hard for someone with the condition, eventually preventing them from being able to look after themselves. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), also known as Lewy body dementia, is another common type of dementia. It is caused by the Lewy bodies, which are clumps of protein that appear in the nerve cells of the brain.
As it shares symptoms with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, it is often wrongly diagnosed. Frontotemporal dementia is an uncommon type of dementia. While dementia generally mostly affects people over 65, this type typically starts at a younger age.
Most cases are diagnosed in people aged 45-65, though it can also present in younger or older people. Frontotemporal dementia affects the front and sides of the brain, and causes problems with behaviour and language. Similar to other types of dementia, it usually develops slowly and gets gradually worse over a long period of time.
Frontotemporal dementia can also lead to someone being unable to care for themselves.
As well as mental symptoms, there may be physical ones too, such as slow or stiff movements, loss of bladder or bowel control, muscle weakness or difficulty swallowing. Young-onset dementia is defined as someone who develops the condition before the age of 65. Younger people with dementia may also experience a wide range of symptoms, with the overall condition caused by a range of different diseases.
However, the support they need might vary, because it might affect them in different ways. Younger people living with dementia may also have concerns about how it will affect their family, relationships, finances, daily life, or the risk to future children. It is normal for memory to be affected by stress, tiredness, certain illnesses and medicine, but if you are becoming increasingly forgetful or are experiencing other signs of dementia, particularly if you are over the age of 65, it is important to talk to a GP about it.
To distinguish normal memory loss from memory loss that could be a cause for concern, question whether it is affecting your daily life. If it is worrying you, or someone you know, do not delay in seeking advice.