Sir Bobby Charlton diagnosed with dementia
01 November 2020
World Cup winner Sir Bobby Charlton has been diagnosed with dementia.
Sir Bobby’s wife, Lady Norma Charlton, confirmed to The Telegraph that the former footballer has been diagnosed with dementia.
Sir Bobby is famous for being part of the England World Cup winning team in 1966 and he was the top goal scorer for Manchester United for many years.
His brother, Jack Charlton, who died in July, also had dementia.
Tim Parry, Director at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“It is very upsetting to hear that Sir Bobby Charlton has been diagnosed with dementia, as confirmed by his wife Lady Norma. Many of us regard Sir Bobby as a legend for his heroic footballing achievements and lots of us have fond memories of his hugely successful career. We are saddened that his later years are now being impacted by dementia and our thoughts are with Sir Bobby, and his family, during this time.
“With over 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, many families are experiencing the heartache this condition causes. But for too long, people have been fearful of talking about the condition. It’s so important to raise awareness of dementia, and the impact this can have on people’s lives, so it should be congratulated that Sir Bobby’s family have taken the courageous step of sharing their story.
“While age is the biggest risk factor for dementia, it is not a natural part of ageing. Dementia is caused by physical diseases of the brain, most commonly Alzheimer’s, yet we currently have no treatments to slow, stop or prevent them. Alzheimer’s Research UK exists so we can bring about the first life-changing treatment for dementia and save families from the devastation it can cause.”