Barbara Windsor still has 'wonderful' sense of humour as Alzheimer's worsens

Barbara Windsor still has 'wonderful' sense of humour as Alzheimer's worsens

Barbara Windsor still has her ‘wonderful sense of humour’ as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

The EastEnders legend – who played Peggy Mitchell in the soap – has stepped out of the limelight after being diagnosed with the degenerative brain condition, in 2014.

But husband Scott Mitchell revealed the 82-year-old is battling to keep hold of her humour.

Speaking about her condition, he said: ‘The thing that we know about dementia and Alzheimer’s is that it’s a progressive illness, so you know you’re heading in one direction.

‘So, yes, things progress but she still has that wonderful sense of humour, she can still laugh and have a giggle and watch telly, and we go out occasionally.

‘Whenever we get an invitation what I say is let’s say yes but I will let you know on the day if we’re going to be there or not, and it’s totally dependent on how Barbara is.

‘We have the odd days out, we went to Downing Street and she was shouting at all the photographers and told them to behave themselves.’

And he is ‘thrilled’ at the response to Barbara’s illness, and the impact she has had on other sufferers.

‘I’m surprised, and I’m just thrilled that it’s had that kind of impact,’ he added to BangShowbiz. ‘Because that wasn’t the reason we went public, we went public because I couldn’t hide it any longer from people.

‘Because Barbara always gets people coming up to her and it was beginning to be quite obvious.’

Barbara was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, and has rarely made public appearances since the news was revealed.

But the soap icon made sure to support pal Matt Lucas as she watched him perform in Les Miserables, earlier this week.

And Scott recently opened up about his life as a carer, explaining he has had to adapt to a different way of life.

In a chat with, he told us: ‘I think as a carer you learn to adapt to a different way of life, that’s what you do.

‘I do have carers who come in, which means I can go and do my work and I can do whatever I need to do – whether that’s going for lunch, go and meet friends for a coffee, go and do some shopping.

‘It’s essential for people caring for someone to get that little bit of respite.

‘I found that very difficult to do at first. I felt very guilty about it, I felt like I shouldn’t be leaving her.’

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