Scales's dementia 'manageable'
Actor and director Samuel West has said his mother Prunella Scales's dementia is "pretty manageable" for the family.
He told BBC Radio 5 live: "Because of early detection, and drugs, my mother's still quite a functioning person, and a brilliant reader and reciter and radio actress still."
He added: "I can't be a disciple for it because I know that so many other families have it so much worse than we do. It's pretty manageable for us, so although of course it's sad, it's also joyous in many ways."
He said the diagnosis was not really a surprise.
"We'd known that she was forgetful and that sometimes she forgot where she was or that she got a little confused with things for a while. I think having a diagnosis and a label we could attach to it was useful."
West's father, actor Timothy West, told last year how his wife, Fawlty Towers star Scales, has been suffering from ''a sort of mild Alzheimer's''.
The 82-year-old actress is best known for her role as Basil Fawlty's wife Sybil in the comedy series, but has continued to notch up screen roles.
Samuel West said: "Her memory is very good until about 30 years ago, and pretty useless for anything that happened this morning. We just have to accept that, it doesn't mean we can't love each other, and be pleased to see each other, and have fun in the moment."