Michael Palin's care home worry
- Bang Showbiz
- 19 November 2014
'Remember Me' actor Michael Palin is worried that if he went into a care home he would "lose his connection with the past"
Michael Palin is worried he'll "lose his connection with the past" if he's put into a care home.
The 71-year-old former 'Monty Python' comedian has admitted that playing Tom Patfitt - an 80-year-old man who is forced to live in a nursing home - in the new BBC drama 'Remember Me' has made him think about his own future.
When asked how he would feel if he was forced to live in a care home, Michael responded: "I know that if I was taken away from my home to go and live somewhere else, even if I needed the treatment, a whole part of my life would have gone; my connection with the past and all the objects that I've collected. Keeping people in their own home environment for as long as possible is really important.
"My father was in a home for a bit, and however enlightened the people and friendly the care, I just was aware that he had lost something."
Despite revealing that he is worried about his future residence, the veteran actor explained that he is optimistic that science will make the ageing process easier in years to come.
Talking to Radio Times magazine, he said: "Undoubtedly the years go by, I'm aware that I read the medical pages more carefully, follow the great statins debate and that kind of thing.
"But to be honest, it seems to me my life is much more enjoyable, certainly better organised, now than it was when I was young. I think I have benefited, as I approach my 70s, from the jolts and jars of earlier ages."