Barbara Windsor's health is rapidly declining as her Alzheimer's advances, reveals husband Scott Mitchell
Barbara Windsor seems to have forgotten who her husband is and also no longer recognizes her own home, as her condition worsens
Barbara Windsor's husband Scott Mitchell has revealed that her health has suddenly declined over the past two weeks as her Alzheimer's condition worsened. In the last two weeks, Barbara seems to have forgotten who her husband is and she no longer recognizes her own home. Dame Barbara Windsor is best known for her appearances in the 'Carry On' films and for playing Peggy Mitchell in the BBC One soap opera 'EastEnders'.
As reported by 'Good Morning Britain', Scott, who is 25 years younger than Barbara shared, "The last two weeks her confusion is really bad… I spend a lot of time explaining where we are — she has a lot of trouble identifying her house. I would just say, 'we’re staying here tonight…' And she'd ask, 'have we got clothes here?' That’s the reality people living with dementia are going through. I go through that a lot with her."
Dame Barbara's husband Scott Mitchell opens up about her Alzheimer's.— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 8, 2019
He and other friends and family will be running a marathon to raise money for dementia research. pic.twitter.com/m6K6NE8iNz
He also recalled the painful moment when she forgot who he was and said, "I was helping her out of the bath and she suddenly looked at me, very scared, and said: 'Sorry, who are you?' There are no words that can describe it." He has now brought himself to accept the fact that it is 'inevitable' that she will forget who he is completely. He added that he now has to show her pictures of their life together so she will remember.
Scott added that when she is involved or indulging in her passion for theatre, the old Barbara comes back. "She gets herself together for moments like that [seeing friends]… when we go to the theatre something happens to Barbara."
"When she’s out and it’s like her old self comes in and she sees the public and speaks to everyone and you see that part of her comes alive because it’s what she knows," he shared.
"I’d been doing a mis-justice to people going through the same thing if I didn’t say, 'that’s not the reality,' because it’s not the reality," he further said.
Barbara had been diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease in April 2014 but had kept it a secret until around May last year. Scott shared that he found something wrong when Barbara began to struggle to remember her 'EastEnders' script in 2009.
In 2012, she admitted that the strain was becoming a bit too much to handle and at the time, she told Mirror, "You hit an age when you have to study that bit harder – unless you are June Brown who, at 84, can pick it up and learn it in a second. That is a bit of old age I have got, scattiness. I just forget things."