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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Barbara Windsor's Husband, Scott Mitchell Talks About his Wife Living with Dementia and how she Struggled to Remember Everything



Barbara Windsor's husband Scott Mitchell has revealed Barbara's dementia means she does not recognise her own home.

The EastEnders actress, who was diagnosed with the condition in April 2014, has even struggled to identify her own husband in a couple of moments, with Scott saying her condition is "heartbreaking".
Now, EastEnders actors including Jake Wood, who plays Max Branning, Emma Barton (Honey Mitchell) and Tanya Franks (Rainie Cross) will be running the London Marathon with Scott in her honour.
In an emotional interview on Good morning Britain with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, Scott said: "I think it’s when every memory will go on a constant basis.
"Maybe, one day, Barbara won’t know who I am - one day she won’t know who I am. I’ve had it twice.
"I was helping her out of the bath and she suddenly looked at me really scared and said, 'Sorry, who are you?'
"It is heartbreaking and there’re no words which can describe it."
When asked about how her condition is progressing, Scott also said: "Well, let’s put it this way.
"She gets herself together for moments like that [seeing friends]… when we go the the theatre something happens to Barbara. When she’s out and it’s like her old self comes in and she sees the public and speaks to everyone and you see that part of her comes alive because it’s what she knows.
"I’d been doing a misjustice to people going through the same thing if I didn’t say, 'that’s not the reality,' because it’s not the reality. The last two weeks her confusion is really bad…
"I spend a lot of time explaining where we are - she has a lot of trouble identifying her house. I would just say, 'we’re staying here tonight…' And she'd ask, 'have we got clothes here?'
"That’s the reality people living with dementia are going through. I go through that a lot with her."
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