Barbara Windsor Thanks Fans For Supporting Her, As She Continues To Struggle With Alzheimer's
Fans of Loose Women were in shock last Thursday, as Dame Barbara Windsor shared the news that she had been fighting Alzheimer’s disease for four years. According to Tim Parry, the director of Alzheimer’s Research UK, “Alzheimer’s is the most common disease behind dementia, accounting for around two-thirds of cases of the condition in older people.”
Windsor made the revelation through a surprise video recording celebrating her co-panelist on the show, Jane Moore, who just turned 56.
This is the first time the 80-year-old actress has spoken publicly about her condition. In the video, she shared a warm birthday message with Moore and also thanked everyone who had supported her before and after her announcement.
I just want to wish you a happy birthday darling Jane, and thank you so much for being such a loyal and good friend and helping Scott share my recent news. I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone for their lovely messages of support I've been receiving. It really means such a lot to me. It truly does.
The surprise video was organized by Moore’s husband, Gary.
Speaking on Loose Women, Moore said that public interest in contributing to Alzheimer’s research had grown by about a third since the video went public. Sadly, Windsor’s condition is in the decline. Her short-term memory has taken the worst hit.
According to Moore, the legendary actress may have forgotten she even agreed to go public with the information.
Every time Scott shows them [tweets, letters, messages of support etc] to her, she just gets so thrilled and keeps saying, 'I'm helping people'.
Day two. pic.twitter.com/M55FcRSKTj— Jane Moore (@janem) May 11, 2018
Moore almost broke down in tears when she spoke about how Windsor’s husband, 55-year-old Scott Mitchell, was supportive of his wife since she was diagnosed with the condition. In an interview with the Sun, Mitchell made it clear that going public about Windsor’s condition was the right thing to do.
I’m doing this because I want us to be able to go out and, if something isn’t quite right, it will be OK because people will now know that she has Alzheimer’s and will accept it for what it is.
Still, Windsor is overwhelmed by the reactions and is delighted that in her little way, she is contributing to making life better for other people in her position.
The couple first noticed symptoms of the condition in 2009 before Windsor left EastEnders when she experienced difficulties learning her lines. By 2016, she quit acting and focused on her charity work.
Ross Kemp who played Windsor’s son Grant on EastEnders sent a message of support after the big reveal saying “I hope by talking openly it will make it easier for others to talk about this dreadful disease”.
It is a rough ahead for Windsor, but with the love and support, she enjoys from family and her fans, we are sure she will get along just fine. We do wish her the very best.