- Caridad Sanchez’s daughter, Cathy Babao, claimed that the 87-year-old actress is suffering from dementia
- Later on, Alexander Joseph Babao, Caridad’s son, said that their mother is not suffering from dementia but only a mild cognitive handicap brought by old age
- Cathy then posted again about the issue, saying that she was not trying to destroy her mom’s image when she stated that she has dementia
- Likewise, she explained that her goal in telling the public about her mother’s supposed illness is to raise awareness about dementia and the importance of accepting the presence of the disease
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Caridad Sanchez made headlines when Cathy Babao, her daughter, claimed that the 87-year-old actress is suffering from dementia.
The story got more confusing when Alexander Joseph Babao, Caridad’s son, said that their mother is not suffering from dementia but only a mild cognitive handicap brought by old age.
After Joseph posted his reaction to Cathy’s claim, the latter posted again about the issue, saying that she was not trying to destroy her mom’s image when she stated that she has dementia.
She explained that her goal in telling the public about her mother’s supposed illness is to raise awareness about dementia and the importance of accepting the presence of the disease.
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“It was never my intention to disrespect or disparage my mother’s image when I started to write about her dementia on social media. It took me a very long time to decide whether or not I would share our family’s story.
“I decided to finally write about it for the following reasons.
“1. There is nothing shameful about admitting that a loved one has dementia. It’s a condition that afflicts a huge percentage of the senior population. It’s a condition that is highly misunderstood and sometimes even maligned. What persons with dementia need above all is time, patience, love, understanding and respect. To be able to give this, you must understand what dementia looks like and what it requires of the person/s caring for the person with dementia.
“2. In sharing my mother’s story, my only motivation is to help other families understand, and come to an acceptance of their loved one’s condition. I cannot overemphasize the importance of early diagnosis, and acceptance. In families where there is no total acceptance, where family members are not on the same page, discord and misunderstanding are most likely to occur. Denial is only to the detriment of the person with dementia.
“This will be the last thing I have to say about this issue.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me. For all for the kind words, pieces of advice, and memories you have shared with me about my mom. It warms my heart to know that you continue to remember her fondly, and hold her in high esteem.
“Mommy is physically strong. No question about that. Decades of daily running and waking have paid off. I am grateful that she is able to still exercise and walk unaided. It is the dementia that is affecting her memory. It is a fact that I have now accepted with all my heart.
“When mommy was widowed in her late 40s, she would often go out of her way to console the newly widowed. She also always carried a soft spot in her heart for the elderly. ‘Magpakatotoo ka palagi,’ she would always tell me that growing up. Knowing mom, she would not want to hide her condition if she knew that sharing our story would help others who are on a similar journey much like the one we find ourselves on right now,” Cathy posted on Instagram.
Caridad Sanchez is one of the most respected veteran actors in the Philippines, known for playing a wide variety of characters in movies and television series. Her projects include Ika-6 na Utos, The Borrowed Wife, MariMar, La Vendetta, Enteng Kabisote 4, and Shake, Rattle & Roll II.
The veteran star made the news recently due to reports about her health. Her daughter Cathy Babao claimed that Caridad has dementia and that it is painful to slowly lose her to the illness.
Entertainment reporter Lolit Solis also posted recently about the actress. She revealed that Caridad Sanchez comforted and encouraged her when she got involved in a scandal in 1994 related to the Metro Manila Film Festival awards.
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