Dame Barbara Windsor has Alzheimer's

Dementia struggle for Barbara Windsor

According to The Sun Newspaper, Windsor 80, who is best known for her roles in the Carry On films and British soap EastEnders, was diagnosed with the condition back in April 2014.

She took on the matriarch in 1991 when she claimed the Queen Vic pub in Albert Square.

After five abortions, the romantic advances of two Kray brothers and a husband who went to jail after an armed robbery, Dame Barbara Windsor had already stared into the face of adversity.

She most famously appeared in over 1,500 episodes of BBC's EastEnders, which began in 1994 and concluded in 2016.

The news came after it was revealed that the EastEnders' legend has been secretly battling the disease since for four years.

However, Scott went to speak to Dominic, revealing: "So I went to see him and, without giving the full situation, confided that she was really struggling to learn lines and wouldn't ever be coming back again after this".

He confirmed that the couple had discussed going public and even though she agreed he admits she may forget their talk in time to come, saying 'if she forgets that she gave me her blessing, well, I'll just have to deal with that'.

"If you saw the Peggy death scenes, you could see she wasn't reading it".

The Pat Butcher actress continued: "My thoughts have been with both them all the time and I'm sorry to say I haven't seen Barbara for a few months".

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'I can't protect her any longer.

Following her exit, Barbara received a Damehood for her services in show business and charity.

"Firstly, I hope speaking out will help other families dealing with loved ones who have this cruel disease", he told The Sun.

"So rather than me living in fear she might get confused or upset, they'll know that if her behaviour seems odd, it's due to Alzheimer's and accept it for what it is".

Dame Barbara was said by Ms Moore yesterday to be "thrilled" by the public reaction to the announcement.

In a heartbreaking interview with The Sun, Scott said, "Since her 80th birthday last August, a definite continual confusion has set in, so it's becoming a lot more hard for us to hide". It is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62% of those diagnosed in the UK.

Mr Parry said there are more than 850,000 people in the United Kingdom living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. "I want to tell people in a controlled way".

For anyone looking for information, support or advice about dementia - whether affected themselves or looking after a friend or relative - contact the Alzheimer's Society helpline on 0300 222 11 22.

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