Time Team star Sir Tony Robinson has told of his devastation following his parents dementia battle.
- 69-year-old star labelled Alzheimer’s ‘one of the last great medical terrors’
- Revealed his father Leslie ‘gradually lost his excitement and concentration’
- His mother Phyllis died in 2005 aged 89 after seven-year battle with disease
- Actor also pledged to make donation to the Alzheimer’s Society in his will
The 69-year-old labelled Alzheimer’s ‘one of the last great medical terrors’ as he described his mother’s seven-year dementia battle.
He also revealed how his father Leslie ‘gradually lost’ his excitement and concentration before he died in 1989 aged 76.
Sir Tony Robinson, who is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, told the Daily Express: ‘My father was a bright man but over a number of years he grew anxious.
‘One night mum phoned my up at midnight really worried, saying: “It’s dad – he’s asked me to get all the cups down from the cupboard and place them on the table so the handles face north-east”.’
The actor and author, who played Baldrick in Blackadder, said while his father became increasingly confused for around three years, his mother Phyllis’ change was ‘very quick’. She died in 2005 aged 89.
It comes after scientists revealed more than 100 million people across the globe will be battling Alzheimer’s, which is a progressive disease, by 2050.
The number of adults living with the disease has soared from around 26 million 10 years ago to more than 36 million, according to the National Institutes of Health.
There are thought to be around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK but only 44 per cent receive a diagnosis.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: ‘It is extremely generous of Tony to have pledged to leave a donation in his will to help fund our much needed research into dementia.
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