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Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell has said that her Alzheimer’s disease means that she no longer remembers her home when she’s inside it.
In an interview on Tuesday with BBC’s Steve Wright, Mitchell told the radio host, “There’s good and bad days, the confusion does progress and that I think what I’ve learnt by talking to other people is it’s very different for every case.”
Windsor was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, but her diagnosis was only made public in 2018. Windsor is best known for her roles in the Carry On franchise and Eastenders. Her last screen appearance was in 2017 in the film of her life Babs.
“At times very frustrating and irritable. It gets worse at night, with Barbara it’s to do with our house. She constantly asks me over and over again at night whose house is this, we staying here, is this house I grew up with my mummy?”
Mitchell has provided updates on Windsor’s condition since he announced her diagnosis. He told Good Morning Britain in January that while Windsor enjoys trips to the theatre and shows, the reality of dementia is very difficult for him. “I’ve had it twice. I was helping her out of the bath and she suddenly looked at me very scared and said, ‘Sorry, who are you?’ He told the show. “There are no words that can describe it.”
Mitchell, along with Adam Woodyatt, Jake Wood, Emma Barton, Natalie Cassidy, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter is running the London Marathon next month as part of ‘Barbara’s Revolutionaries’, raising awareness of dementia.