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Dame Barbara Windsor met Boris Johnson after she delivered Alzheimer's Society open letter to him.

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

Former EastEnders actress Barbara Windsor has delivered a letter to Downing Street on Monday, calling for more to be done for dementia sufferers.

The 82-year-old has avoided the public limelight since she was diagnosed with the Alzheimer’s disease in 2014.

Ms Windsor earlier recorded a thank you video to everyone who has supported the campaign and signed the letter.

"Thank you all so much for showing your support in signing the letter to our new Prime Minister. It means so much. Let's make this happen, and fix dementia care," she said.

So what exactly is the disease which affects nearly one million Britons and what is the public petition she is handing over at Number 10 calling for?

What is dementia?

Dementia is a catch term for a range of different progressive conditions which affects the brain, according to

There are more than 200 different types of the disease. The five most common are Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies, frontotemporal dementia and mixed dementia.

The disease impacts the brain's functions by interrupting the way nerve cells interact and send signals to each other.

Dementia damages the nerve cells in the brain so the messages can't be sent properly.

This causes different symptoms for different people. Those aged over 65 are more at risk of developing dementia.

What are the symptoms of dementia?

Some of the most common symptoms include:

Memory loss or problems - people may struggle to remember people, names, places or become more forgetfulCognitive function - people may have difficulty getting places and concentration may be effectedSpeech and hearing - Reading and writing may also become more challenging, which could impact on a person's mood

What is Alzheimer's disease?

Alzheimer's, the most common type of dementia in the UK, is caused by changes to the structure of the brain.

This comes from a build-up of proteins, which damages the way messages can be transmitted.

The disease can develop over time and worsen, affecting a person's memory, communication, word finding skills and other cognitive functions.

Medication is available which may help the sufferer, but there is currently no cure for the disease.

ITV REPORT 2 September 2019 at 8:29am

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