SIR JACKIE STEWART revealed his wife Lady Helen can no longer walk due to her dementia.
The Formula One legend explained Helen, 81, was first diagnosed with the condition seven years ago.
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Tom FarmerThe pair were childhood sweethearts and married in 1962[/caption]
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But she has now worsened and has trouble remembering conversations as well as being left unable to walk.
Stewart, 83, says she is still “wonderful” ahead of her 82nd birthday on Saturday.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain, he said: “She’s wonderful, of course, she can no longer walk, sadly.
“And now if I have a chat with her as I do a lot, very quickly the last conversation disappears.
“Helen was identified about seven years ago, but it’s now pretty bad, and she has a birthday actually, coming up this weekend on Saturday.
“She doesn’t want to hear this, but she is, I think, going to be 82. She’s always been a great looker.”
Stewart continued by explaining he has seven nurses who take care of Helen, providing around the clock support.
In 2018, he set up the charity Race Against Dementia and also spoke about the severity of the condition.
Stewart added: “I am very, very fortunate because of my racing career, I can afford to have seven neuro nurses looking after Helen.
“Two at a time, because it’s 24 hours a day, but few people can afford that, and really, dementia is now the biggest killer in the world, even more than cancer.
“There’s more people dying of dementia than cancer and the latest statistic is one in three people are going to die of dementia and yet there is no cure.”