B SMITH-9934Nearly five million Americans struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Restauranteur, author, and former model B. Smith reveals to CBS Sunday Morning that she’s one of them.

The 64-year-old entrepreneur sat down with medical correspondent Dr. Jon Lapook to discuss her diagnosis. She says she went to her doctor four years ago to discuss symptoms of forgetfulness and repetition of questions. Smith spoke with a doctor before she even talked to her husband, Dan Gasby.

“You do try to hide it from everybody,” she tells Lapook.

Eventually, she saw of team of experts at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. Last October, a brain scan showed a large amount of amyloid, a protein found in Alzheimer’s patients.

“It’s everywhere,” her doctor says.

Today, Smith doesn’t know the date, month, or year. Still she maintains her ever-present, positive outlook.

I think the future’s going to be fine,” she says. “I’m going to do my best to make it work out for me and for as many people that I can possibly help, too.”

Watch the clip below and see the full interview on CBS Sunday Morning on June 15.

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  • lynn1066

    She just closed her restaurant out in the Hamptons as well. Me and my girlfriends had lunch there last summer and she personally came over and greeted us — a table of about 20 black women — personally and thanked us for coming to eat there. So sad to hear this news. She has always been a very beautiful, classy lady.

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    Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this – 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go to tech tab for work detail…….

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  • Anthony

    Life is kind and cruel at the same time. Ms. Smith is so beautiful and successful, but now she has to battle this disease with no cure. Count your blessings and be grateful because you do not know what tomorrow will bring.

  • I feel for her. I had lost an aunt to alzheimers disease. It is a very slow yet degenerative disease. Although I am fairly certain she has gotten her financial situation in order, I hope she is considering experimental treatment. There have been some people who have found themselves experiencing the late stages of certain cancers, but fortunately have been able to undergo remission due to experimental treatment with genetics and cell treatment. I don’t know what is out there. However, she and her husband should explore all options.

  • Me

    i’m glad she came out publicly about it instead of doing what black folks usually do & either hide it, deny it, or try to pray it away. more black celebrities need to talk about mental issues openly