Former Model, Restaurateur B. Smith, Reveals She Has Alzheimer’s

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  • Former restaurant owner B. Smith joins the battle that more than five million Americans face everyday.

    CBS News reports:

    Barbara Smith was one of the first African-American models on the cover of Mademoiselle. In 1986, she opened her first B. Smith restaurant in New York City, and two more followed. She hosted a TV program, wrote books and was called the black Martha Stewart.

    Around four years ago, B. told her doctor about her symptoms before she told her husband and business partner of 22 years, Dan Gasby. Those problems — such as repeating things or not answering questions — became very serious.

    When B. spoke with CBS News, she could not recall the date, month or year.

    “Things like that make me very sad,” she said.

    Eventually, she saw a team of experts at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, including neurologist Dr. Martin Goldstein.

    Last October, a special scan was done to look for amyloid, a sticky protein that damages nerves and is present in patients with Alzheimer’s.

    “It’s everywhere,” Dr. Goldstein said of the scan.

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