Ruth Langsford has revealed that her beloved mum Joan suffered a nasty fall and broke her hip just before Christmas.
The Loose Women star, 63, took to Instagram on Monday to share a clip of the 92-year-old, who despite undergoing a hip replacement operation, is still smiling and even dancing six weeks on.
It is the nonagenarian's second fall since 2021 when Joan was left "battered and bruised" after slipping over.
Langsford regularly includes her parent in her online posts and concerned fans had clearly begun to notice her absence."MY DANCING QUEEN IS BACK!!!" she wrote in the accompanying caption.
"You may have been wondering why I haven’t posted anything of Mum in my kitchen for a while…well, she had a fall before Xmas and broke her hip!" the post continued.
"As you can see she’s recovered well after a hip replacement op but I wasn’t able to get her in and out of the car before today….it’s wonderful to have her here again (and I get all the veg for our roast peeled of course!) She’s an incredible woman and I hope I’ll still be singing and dancing in the kitchen when I’m 92!!"
"Love you Mum," the wife of Eamonn Holmes added, followed by a red love heart emoji.
Lansford's dad Dennis died in 2012 aged 84 following complications caused by Alzheimer's disease. The former army sergeant was cared for at home by Joan for the final 13 years of his life.Joan later developed dementia herself, and has been living in a care home since the condition developed.
Langsford confessed on the How To Be 60 podcast last year that she too fears developing the degenerative brain disease, which can be genetic.
While there is a test that she could undertake to determine her chances of developing it, her fear has so far prevented her from following through with it.
"Whenever they say that you can do a test to see if you would be prone to getting Alzheimer’s, I don’t really want to do it, because there’s no cure at the moment," she told host Kaye Adams.
"If I could do that test and they said: ‘right, now you know, this is what you do to stop you getting it. You have to take this tablet, you have to do these exercises, you have to eat this or don’t eat that.’ But there’s nobody can tell you that, so I almost don’t want to know.
"But of course, every time I go: ‘where are my glasses?’ and they’re on my head, or: ‘where are my keys? and I have those blank moments where you suddenly forget someone’s name – somebody you know really well. You think: ‘oh my God,’ so of course I worry, with both parents. But I try not to think about it too much, because it’s too depressing."