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What I learned from dealing with my granny's Alzheimer's diagnosis

11 May, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Barbara Windsor has enjoyed a stellar career in showbusiness but is perhaps best known for her role as Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive Officer at Alzheimer's Society, says: "We were saddened to hear that Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease - but we applaud her husband Scott's decision to speak out about her condition".

The revelation by her third husband that the former star of EastEnders and the Carry On movies was suffering from Alzheimer's disease set off a wave of empathy whose ripples spread far beyond showbusiness.

Peggy Mitchell actress Barbara, who is 80, was given the news in April 2014 but her husband Scott Mitchell only revealed the sad news now.

"Alzheimer's is a very cruel disease".

"He rang me last week and said, "I can't protect her anymore".

Speaking on Loose Women, she said: 'My thoughts are with both of them.

Mr Mitchell said he first noticed something may not be right in 2009 - just before his wife quit Eastenders - where she played Peggy Mitchell - the first time.

"If you saw the Peggy death scenes, you could see she wasn't reading it".

The actress has been taking medication to manage the degenerative disease, but her symptoms have grown worse in recent weeks.

Moore told ITV's This Morning that she spoke to Dame Barbara and Mr Mitchell on her way to appear on the TV show, and added: 'She's totally aware of what is happening today.

By 2016, her forgetfulness and confusion were getting worse, and it was agreed she would leave EastEnders for the final time, Mr Mitchell said.

So they decided she should return to Eastenders one last time and that her character should be killed off.

"Since her 80th birthday last August, a definite continual confusion has set in, so it's becoming a lot more hard for us to hide", he added in the interview". Whenever they went out, the public were like moths to a flame with Barbara and she loves them.

He also shared that she "comes alive" whenever they go out with friends, but is sadly "lives in constant terror" that she might have a panic attack, or "get photographed when she's not looking right".

"We hope she is able to maintain and enjoy her quality of life for as long as possible".

Following the news that the national treasure has Alzheimer's, it's now been reported that husband Scott Mitchell asked for her Walford matriarch to be killed off.

Speaking with the Sun, he said that the Carry On movie star had wept when she was diagnosed with the disease: 'When the doctor told us, she began crying then held it back, stretched her hand out to me and mouthed, "I'm so sorry"'.

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