In a recent interview, he was joined by his 41-year-old wife, co-producer of the limited series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Tiffany Richardson Jackson. To portray a man with Alzheimer’s, the Oscar-nominated actor had to consider his own experience with the condition, which impacts about 900,000 people in the UK. In addition to his mother, his grandfather, aunt, and uncle also perished from Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s a clever illness. Watching it is frightful. And we saw his mom look into it,” LaTanya said in March.

Jackson was inspired to write the Ptolemy Grey novel despite suffering from his family’s illness. I was creatively interested in telling the story of an Alzheimer’s patient who had the option of taking a “fantasy” drug that would, at any cost, restore their memory, the author said.

I thought it would be a powerful way to tell Ptolemy’s story because it’s a chance that very few people will ever have. “.

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It demonstrates that despite having a condition, these individuals still have value and relevance as humans who require care. I was even more motivated to tell this story and spread it as they [his relatives] passed away. Make people understand that you cannot ignore the people you love because they are still alive within that person. “.

“Behave toward them as if they were still a part of your life, treating them with love and care. “.

Additionally, it shows that even people with poor communication skills are still thinking and are in a different mental setting. It is hoped that people will realise how crucial it is to love and care for those dealing with Alzheimer’s actively. “.

The majority of dementia types cannot be inherited or passed down through family members, according to the Alzheimer’s Society. However, there might be a hereditary component in less common forms of the condition.

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Age is a critical factor in Alzheimer’s disease, the most prevalent form of dementia. Having a parent or grandparent with Alzheimer’s does not increase your risk compared to the general population because the disease is so prevalent in people in their late 70s and 80s.

But the likelihood that someone with Alzheimer’s has a type of illness that can be passed on increases with younger age of diagnosis.

One of the dementia subtypes that can be passed down through families is frontotemporal dementia (FTD). According to the Alzheimer’s Society, the illness can be transmitted directly from parent to child, even though this is unusual.

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Even though most FTD cases are not inherited, about 40% of patients with FTD have at least one close relative with dementia. Examples include Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, FTD, and Alzheimer’s disease.

In general, the more relatives with dementia, particularly FTD or ALS, the higher the risk of developing “familial” FTD. “.

Jackson talked about his health concerns because he could inherit them. Sure, he replied. “Occasionally, I have trouble remembering a name that I am confident I recognize. “.

Or enter a room to retrieve something and ask yourself, “Why am I here?”.

“So, I do give it some thought. However, my mother and grandfather had already experienced it, so I don’t know if I should be worried considering that I’m 73 or 74. I believe that I am fine. “.

John H. Jackson recently shared his opinions on his family’s health. In a 2022 project in which he portrays an older adult with dementia, Jackson highlighted his initial interest in the Apple TV series and his fears of developing dementia.