After catching up during a FaceTime video chat with Dame Barbara Windsor, Ross Kemp said on Good Morning Britain yesterday that “She recognised me, but we have to be realistic that there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.
Ross Kemp gives update on Barbara Windsor: It’s probably not going to get much better for her.” Ross played Barbara’s on-screen son Grant to her Peggy Mitchell in Eastenders for many years and the couple are very close friends. Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014 and announced it publicly four years later when she retired from acting.
Confirmation came last August that the disease was getting worse for Barbara when she was admitted into a care home. At the time her husband, Scott, said “I have been used to hustle and bustle in this little space, then suddenly, silence. All you can hear are your thoughts, and that’s not always healthy.” He went on to say “It’s always been my biggest fear, that one day I would have to take her somewhere and she’d be thinking, ‘Why would he do this to me?’
That fear has become a reality. It’s something I never wanted. She still seems unsettled and, in her lucid moments, I can see she’s worked out this isn’t temporary. She’s still thinking and saying I’ve let her down. Of course that’s a painful thing to hear, but I know it’s not the Barbara I know speaking.”
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