Dame Judi: 'UK is no good at dealing with old age'

Tuesday February 14, 2012

Dame Judi Dench has hit out at the treatment of older people in Britain.

The actress, 77, told the Radio Times that she had no plans to retire, as she could not even "understand the word".

But she said: "We're not good at dealing with old age in this country. We shove people in a room and leave them sitting round a television.

"We didn't do that in our family - shove people into a nursing home."

Dame Judi said that she and her late husband, the actor Michael Williams, had his parents and the actress's widowed mother living with them for 12 years.

"It was ideal, and the alternative is not good in my opinion. You learn such a lot from the generation above you.

"My daughter has lovely memories of that time and now talks about her grandparents with great fondness, as do I," she told the magazine.

Photo: © Getty

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