‘Establishment’ failed to find a cure for dementia

‘Establishment’ failed to find a cure for dementia

Former motorsport hero Sir Jackie Stewart said the establishment “failed” to find a treatment for dementia and he is putting his hopes on young people to find a cure.

Speaking to the PA news agency in Edinburgh on Wednesday, Sir Jackie said he is determined to find a cure for the disease his wife, Lady Helen Stewart, was diagnosed with in 2014.

“Dementia is a horrible disease,” he said.

“For 50 years, there was no cure for dementia. Now I want to change that in my life if possible, and that’s asking a lot.”

He believes young people will be the ones to find the cure because “the establishment failed” and is excited about the work being done by the doctoral students sponsored by his charity.

He added: “We think it’s the youth who are going to do this because the establishment has failed.

“So it has to be young people who are going to look at this in a different way, from a different angle, and find a cure and with the support that we have, financially, we can spend more money on getting equipment that wasn’t available before. . So that’s part of the need to do events like a race against dementia.”

The three-time Formula 1 world champion is in Scotland for the Sir Jack Stewart Classic taking place at Thirlestane Castle in Lauder, Scottish Borders from 18-19 June.

The event will raise money for Sir Jackie’s charity Race Against Dementia, which was established in 2018.

He said: “I have my Formula 1 car, the Matra was a French car and then two Ford cars that are there too.

“They are on display. It’s looking pretty good. The weather is apparently going to be good too. Which is always the case in Scotland anyway.”

He will be joined by Lady Helen, to whom he has been married for 60 years, who served as a timekeeper when he was competing professionally. He said she was one of the “best in the world” at the time.

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Sir Jackie and Lady Helen Stewart (Ian West/PA)

Race Against Dementia, revealed Sir Jackie, funds doctoral students to research the condition. He said: “What we do is buy young PhDs all over the world, from Australia to America, from China to the Netherlands.

“So, we are choosing young doctors, young professors.

“It’s just the best medical center you want to get the best graduate from.

“We are choosing the most talented in the world. We have a lot of support, a lot of financial support for that.”

The three-time world champion said: “It’s a challenge, but I’m used to challenges. I have been defying all my life.”

Despite this, Sir Jackie is optimistic that his work will find a cure or treatment for the disease.

“I didn’t think I was going to win the world championship when I started in motorsport. But I won the world championship three times.” he said.

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“The latest statistic says that for everyone born today, one in three people will have dementia and there is no cure,” he revealed.

“For over 50 years, there has been no cure. So we have to change that. So we are using Formula 1 to change that.”

Sir Jackie believes the medical profession has failed to find a cure, but there are no “problems, only solutions”.

He said: “The brain is by far the most complicated piece of kit in the world. So I understand it’s not an easy trick. But who said there are no problems, there are only solutions?”

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