Alastair Stewart discloses ‘depressing’ impact dementia diagnosis has had on his wife
Posted by  badge Boss on Jan 01
Alastair Stewart previously said the most ‘difficult thing’ was the impact on his wife Sally (Picture: Instagram)

Veteran newsreader has opened up about the impact of his on his wife Sally.

The former  newsreader, 71,  back in March after nearly 50 years before revealing several months later he was battling early onset vascular dementia.

The ex-GB News host, who shares four children Alex, 41, Clemmie, 38, Freddie, 30 and Oscar, 25 with wife Sally Ann Jung, 67, said he was diagnosed with the disease after he began to feel ‘discombobulated.’

Since then, he has shared updates on his health, including that he had been , and has, among them the Alzheimer’s Society for raising awareness of dementia.

In his most recent interview, Alastair shed more light on his wife Sally’s support having previously said the ‘most difficult [thing] to deal with’ was the disease’s impact on her.

Explaining that Sally had helped him to get dressed that morning, he said: ‘I can’t be trusted to get my shoes on the right feet and manage my own tie.’

Alastair retired from broadcasting earlier this year and months later announced his dementia diagonsis (Picture: Prog Magazine/Future via Getty Images/Future via Getty Images)

He continued to the ‘I find it depressing that she is reduced to the diary-checker, the carer. I mean, before we went out last night she had to check I had the right shoes on the right feet. I can’t just jump in the car and go to the corner shop. Depression is the bigger challenge than fear.’

Alastair previously spoke about how he and Sally first reacted to the diagnosis, writing in Saga his

‘Both Sal and I felt like we were in a scene from Emergency Ward 10 or Casualty,’ he added.

He has been praised by charities for raising awareness of the disease (Picture: ITV via Getty Images)

He also said the first signs something were wrong were picked up by Sally.

‘She asked me to reset our kitchen clock and I couldn’t do it; I couldn’t conceptualise what the hands signified, and I could no longer glance up and say it was ten past 11,’ he explained.

Despite the diagnosis, Alastair has said he won’t let it define him.

Instead, he wanted to ‘continue to be visible’ and make it clear to people dementia was ‘not a cliff edge’.

Alastair has kept fans updated with his health since the diagnosis (Picture: In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

‘My short-term memory isn’t quite as sharp as it used to be, which is a drag but it is not catastrophic,’ he said.

He said this was not ‘the end of the road’ and he still had ‘a lot to give’.

During his career, Alastair has covered stories such as the Beslan school siege in Russia, the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany, and various royal weddings.

What is vascular dementia?

Vascular dementia is a common type of dementia caused by reduced blood flow to the brain. It’s estimated to affect around 180,000 people in the UK.

Dementia is the name for problems with mental abilities caused by gradual changes and damage in the brain. It’s rare in people under 65.

Vascular dementia tends to get worse over time, although it’s sometimes possible to slow it down.

Vascular dementia can start suddenly or begin slowly over time, with symptoms including slowness of thought, difficulty with planning and understanding, problems with concentration and changes to mood, personality or behaviour.

See a GP if you think you have early symptoms of dementia, especially if you’re over 65 years of age.

He was named Presenter of the Year at the Royal Television Society Awards in 2004 and two years later was made an OBE for services to broadcasting and charity.

Alastair started his career in 1976 at ITV’s Southern Television in Southampton, where he served as a general reporter, industrial correspondent, presenter and documentary maker.

In 1980 he joined ITN as industrial correspondent and a decade later became Washington correspondent.

He went on to anchor ITN’s coverage of the first Gulf War and became the first UK TV reporter to broadcast live from the liberated Kuwait City.

Alastair has also chaired debates with political figures, including Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg ahead of the 2010 General Election for ITV, and for GB News when Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss were bidding for the Conservative Party leadership.