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Rachel Corbett breaks down on The Project over the death of her mother from Alzheimer’s disease 


Rachel Corbett breaks down on The Project over the death of her mother from Alzheimer’s disease

Rachel Corbett broke down on The Sunday Project this weekend when discussing the death of her mother. 

The 39-year-old TV presenter fronted a segment on breakthrough research on the illness, before revealing her mother had succumbed to it.   

‘They forget words, faces, memories and become dependent on you to guide them through a world they no longer recognise. I know exactly how that feels, because it happened to my mum,’ she said. 

Moved: Rachel Corbett (pictured) broke down on The Sunday Project this weekend when discussing the death of her mother. The 39-year-old TV presenter fronted a segment on breakthrough research on the illness, before revealing her mother had succumbed to it

‘Mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease around 2005-2006. She kept it from us because honestly I think there was a part of her that was ashamed or embarrassed. 

‘Towards the end of the disease, it got really scary. She became a very different person to who I knew but she was absolutely still so present. 

‘You could see this person who was struggling and lost and afraid and trapped in her own mind.’ 

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Tragic: Her mother passed away in 2015, at the age of 68, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in her late 50s. Rachel is pictured with her mother

Becoming tearful, she went on: ‘I remember reading that it was around ten years that people live with the disease.

‘It was pretty much around that time that mum passed away. I just feel like a really wonderful, vivacious, positive, brilliant woman was taken too soon.’ 

Rachel became choked up as she spoke, before discussing the illness with her co-stars, tears glistening in her eyes. 

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Tears: ‘They forget words, faces, memories and become dependent on you to guide them through a world they no longer recognise. I know exactly how that feels, because it happened to my mum,’ Rachel said, becoming tearful 

Her mother passed away in 2015 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in her late 50s. 

Writing a column for The Daily Telegraph at the time, Rachel said: ‘Last week I lost my mother to a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 68.

‘For a decade I’ve watched her slowly slip away and despite knowing almost one in ten people over the age of 65 have dementia, it seemed like no one I ever met was experiencing what I was going through.’ 

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She went on, getting choked up: ‘I remember reading that it was around ten years that people live with the disease. It was pretty much around that time that mum passed away. I just feel like a really wonderful, vivacious, positive, brilliant woman was taken too soon’ 

Alzheimer’s disease is a a progressive illness, which deteriorates memory and other mental functions. 

Rachel was reporting on a new study from the Baker Institute who made a breakthrough discovery that could lead to the prevention of Alzheimer’s. 

It focuses on lipids, which are fatty molecules in the blood, and traces the way they change in the body to cause Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Hope: Rachel was reporting on a new study from the Baker Institute, who made a breakthrough discovery that could lead to the prevention of Alzheimer’s. Pictured in 2012 



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