Sir Jackie Stewart has this week revealed that his wife Lady Helen Stewart is suffering from dementia.
The world champion Formula One driver explained that his wife of 55 years now requires around the clock care. Lady Helen, 75, was diagnosed with dementia 2 years ago, but this is the first time the racing driver has spoken about the changes he has seen in his wife.
Whilst he believes it is too late to help Lady Helen, he has launched a charity named Race Against Dementia to seek a cure for dementia sufferers in the future.
Sir Jackie says: “This is the biggest personal challenge of my life and I will make sure that whilst I am still on this earth, I put all my efforts into finding a cure for this horrendous illness. I want to make sure I can do all I can to help millions of people around the world end this heartache.” He adds: “It’s now personal. I am putting a million pounds of my own money in because we have got to find a cure.”
According to the Alzheimer’s Society 225,000 Britons each year are diagnosed with the condition.
It further highlights the need for people to have LPAs (Lasting Powers of Attorney) in place.
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