Former EastEnders star John Partridge has shared their experiences of care of his mother, who was diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease in 2011.
John, who played for four years Christian Clarke revealed that one of the reasons I left the popular soap opera was to become primarily responsible for ensuring its 77-year-old mother of Bridget.
Talking to the Daily Star Sunday, he said Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that is difficult for the patient and family to cope.
“You know your loved one is finally going to forget who you are,” he stated. “It’s something my mother constantly anguish. It’s something that breaks my heart. As mine is broken.”
The actor said he now only takes on projects part-time to ensure you have enough time to be with his mother.
Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, with figures Alzheimer Society claim that there are 496,000 people struggling with the disease in the UK.
There is currently no cure for the disease, which occurs when protein plaques develop in the brain and kill brain cells. Common symptoms include mood swings, memory problems and increasing confusion.
There is no single cause has been found for the disease, despite age, genetic and environmental factors are thought to contribute all.
According to John, one of the worst results of Alzheimer’s disease is to see the person they once knew disappear as the disease begins to progress.
“You know you have to say goodbye to that person at some point. Although still my mother, she is now a different mother,” he stated.
were added how individuals with disease not just people or places are forgotten, but could not remember how to perform basic tasks such as swallowing.
Over time, people with the degenerative disease is likely to need help with all their daily activities. However, John said he is happy to be beside his mother, as it gives them together as long as possible.
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