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Graham Stewart | 10:45 UK time, Tuesday, 17 February 2009

John Suchet and his wife BonnieA lot of you were well able to relate to John Suchet's story about coping with his wife Bonnie's dementia on Good Morning Scotland today (if you're listening back to it on the iPlayer, it's around 1:08.00 into the programme).

Of course, John is just one man who happens to be in the media spotlight and health charities are predicting that by 2021 there will be one million people (and their families) in the UK suffering from dementia. However, it's often nicer to hear a personal story than experts and politicians talking about the issue.

John is lucky because he has access to good carers, but not everyone is as fortunate. We had lots of feedback this morning so thanks for being so open with me. It really is such a cruel, insidious disease. I promise we'll return to this topic at a later date and discuss it at greater length.

A reminder that the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Helpline is free to call (from most landlines and some mobiles) on 0808 808 3000. It offers confidential help for sufferers and their carers 24 hours a day.

And Dolleen emailed to remind us about The Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling. She writes: "Twice I have visited this marvellous centre and Professor Andrews herself does make herself available to groups etc who could benefit from the Centre's expertise. This centre is known world wide but for some reason Scottish population is ignorant of the same. Once you access the website you will be amazed at the wide ranging services courses and help there is for carers, as well as professionals.

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