Dame Barbara Windsor “may have to move to a care home”


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Happier times: Dame Barbara Windsor and Scott Mitchell in 2017

Lady Barbara Windsor’s husband has revealed that the 82-year-old actress may soon have to move to a nursing home due to her Alzheimer’s disease.

In an interview with ITV, Scott Mitchell told his friend and son of EastEnders, Ross Kemp, that he had received a “harsh warning from his specialist.”

“At some point, it may not be viable to provide the care she needs at home,” said Mitchell.

Dame Barbara was diagnosed in 2014.

Mitchell told Kemp that his wife moving to a nursing home is “the thing I always feared” and that he had “pretty dark times” because he was told that she might have to leave their home to get more care.

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Media captionBarbara Windsor visited Downing Street last year to highlight concerns about caring for people with dementia

Dame Barbara did not appear on the show, which will air Thursday evening, due to her condition.

Mitchell said he was afraid of giving his wife a coronavirus, and said he caught some sort of “virus” soon after the lockout in March.

“I didn’t have a cough but I had all the other symptoms. I was not well. My biggest fear at the time was that I was going to give her Barbara, “he said.

“Now that we are where we are, that is to say six years after the diagnosis, it is very common for me to sit with Barbara at night, first of all because she never the slightest idea that we are really at home. ”

“She suddenly looks around and says, ‘Why are there pictures of me in this house?’ “


Dame Barbara appeared in EastEnders until 2016

Mitchell and Dame Barbara, who married in 2000, are ambassadors for the Alzheimer Society and presented a petition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson last year highlighting concerns about caring for people with dementia.

The news of his condition comes as BBC television Lauren Laverne and music producer Naughty Boy help launch a radio station for people with dementia and their caregivers.

It will be a 24-hour non-commercial station, called m4d Radio (short for Music For Dementia), which will broadcast songs from the 1930s to the 1970s and hoped that the lack of commercials “will maximize the holistic benefit of music”.


Lauren Laverne: “When words fail, music has the power to reach people emotionally. “

The station will include thematic programming and stations specific to the era.

Laverne and Naughty Boy join stars such as strict ex-judge Arlene Phillips, TV station Fiona Phillips and CBBC Sam and Mark in the challenge # Song4You, dedicating a song to someone with dementia.

Laverne dedicated The Beatles ‘In My Life to their local Singing For The Brain workshop, a group of people with dementia.

She said, “We all instinctively know how music can help us connect with others, but for people with dementia, music is a lifeline.

“When words fail, music has the power to emotionally reach people and, in many cases, to trigger memories.

“The m4d radio is a vital resource that aims to keep people with dementia from feeling isolated, especially in these unprecedented times and is a simple way that everyone can help.”

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Aging is the main risk factor for developing dementia

Fiona Phillips dedicated Patsy Cline’s Crazy to her late father Neville, a song they loved to dance to together, adding, “I know firsthand how devastating dementia can be and how much symptom relief – even during a few moments – can make a world of difference to a person’s quality of life. ”

Grace Meadows, program director at Music For Dementia 2020, said, “Music is a wonderful connector and has the ability to bring people together here and now. ”

Globally, about 50 million people are currently living with dementia – but cases are expected to reach 130 million by 2050 as the population ages.

Is dementia the same as Alzheimer’s disease?

Dementia is a symptom found in many brain diseases.

Memory loss is the most common feature of dementia, especially the struggle to remember recent events.

Other symptoms may include changes in behavior, mood and personality, getting lost in familiar places, or being unable to find the right word in a conversation.

It can reach the point where people don’t know they need to eat or drink.

Alzheimer’s disease is by far the most common disease that causes dementia.

Others include vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia, dementia from Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and late-onset tardy.

  • Read more:Dementia is “the greatest health challenge of our time”

Ross Kemp: Living With Dementia is on ITV on Thursday June 18 at 7:30 p.m. BST.


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