Ross Kemp opens up on Barbara Windsor's battle with Alzheimer's
Ross Kemp spoke to Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid about his latest documentary Ross Kemp: Living with Dementia and his old friend Dame Barbara Windsor's battle with Alzheimer's.
The filmmaker, who formed a close bond with Windsor when they acted together on Eastenders, revealed how she and her husband Scott have been dealing with her condition and how it affects families across Britain.
Sadly, Ross said that his good friend will most likely end up in a care home as her health is declining.
"Sadly it's going to happen and it's probably going to happen in the nearer future because as he says in the interview there has been a marked decline in her health," he said.
Ross added: "850,000 suffer from dementia but 700,000 care for loved ones. The moment dementia is diagnosed not only does it have an impact on that person it is like dropping a pebble in a pool. It goes across families, across friends.
"Because it's a social care issue, not a medical care issue, the onus is sadly on those loved ones to care for that individual."
The documentary sheds light on how Scott is coping with his beloved's diagnosis and there are emotional moments as he talks about the ongoing battle.
Speaking about the last time he saw Dame Barbara, Ross said: "The last time I saw Barbara was just before February and because of lockdown and because she's vulnerable I haven't seen her but I've been in contact with Scott.
"I think the Covid-19 virus has had a massive impact on all of us, but in particular that vulnerable bunch of people."
He says dementia is still the biggest killer in the UK and there is no cure for it, adding that the number of sufferers is set to double in the next 25-30 years.