The legendary B. Smith and her battle with Alzheimer’s12
By Yolanda Spivey
Recently, the world found out that legendary model and entrepreneur B. Smith is battling the advance stages of Alzheimer’s disease. In an exclusive television interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” B. Smith talked about how the disease was negatively affecting her. It was quite sad to see this once vibrant woman tell the CBS reporter that she didn’t know what day, month or year it was.
Alzheimer disease affects over 5 million Americans. It’s a neurodegenerative disorder that causes plaque and tangles on the brain. It eventually leads to dementia. Currently, there is no cure for this disease and it worsens over time eventually leading to death. In B. Smith’s case, her diagnosis is quite grave. A cerebral scan taken at Mount Sinai hospital showed a significant buildup of amyloidal proteins and a great amount of shrinkage on her brain.
Although B. Smith can live for many more years to come with the proper care, she knows that the inevitable will happen. When a loved one falls ill, preparation for their demise should be taken into consideration.