Dame Barbara Windsor’s husband: “I thought, I wasn’t imagining this"
SCOTT MITCHELL EARLIER THIS YEAR REVEALED THAT HIS BELOVED WIFE DAME BARBARA WINDSOR HAD BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER'S.
In an emotional interview with Loose Women, Scott opened up about how him and Barbara are having to adjust to life with Alzheimer’s disease. By sharing his story, Scott aims to get people talking and help banish the stigma surrounding dementia.
Scott explained to our panellists how initially he started to notice changes in his wife, but put it down to her getting older and it being ‘part of the course’.
He added: “I’ve always said, something happened to her personality. It was almost as if, I’ve always felt some veil came over her. She’d lost that sparkle.”
But after seeking help when Barbara grew regularly forgetful, they received the news from the doctor: “We were sitting down and Dr Kennedy said, ‘Look I’m really sorry but it is Alzheimer’s that you’ve got’. She looked at me and said, ‘I’m so sorry’.”
Having kept the details of Barbara’s diagnosis private from the public for a long time, Scott expressed his relief to be able to speak openly about living with Alzheimer’s. He explained: “It’s only been a positive experience since then. For me, it was four years that we kept this quiet. The relief when I finally did do the interview with Jane [Moore] was just incredible.”
Scott went on to agree with our Jane that speaking out is helping bring dementia ‘out of the shadows’. Jane explained: “Scott wants to do this because it’s all about raising awareness.”
As well as raising awareness about dementia, Scott is also talking part in the London Marathon next year to support Dementia Revolution. He also hinted that he might be joined by Eastenders cast members to support this very worthy cause.
Facts about dementia
Figures show that 850,000 are living with dementia in the UK. It’s expected that this number will rise to 2 million by 2051.
Often not talked about and famously underfunded, Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62 per cent of people diagnosed.
Alarmingly, dementia is also one of the lead causes of disability later in life. There is no cure.