Society must support all affected by dementia
Confirmation that former Nobel Prize winner John Hume is suffering from a form of dementia will strike a sad and knowing chord with many sufferers and their families.
Yesterday Pat Hume, Mr Hume's devoted wife, outlined the difficulties in caring for a loved one with an illness that affects 50,000 people in Ireland and 48 million people worldwide. Mrs Hume revealed how her husband, one of the greatest peacemakers of his generation, suffers severe memory problems, but has the support of his native Derry, a 'dementia-friendly city'.
It is a tragedy for the Hume family and for Ireland that dementia has claimed such a towering intellect.