Siân Welby has revealed that her dementia-stricken father ‘no longer has any short-term memory’ after sharing his diagnosis for the first time last month.
The Capital FM star, 37, previously shared that her father Ian, 84, had been diagnosed with the disease after overcoming ‘awful’ battles with cancer and Covid.
And in a new interview with OK! Sian revealed that Ian struggles to remember daily occurrances, but added she’s ‘lucky’ that he still recognises her.
The star added that she still hopes Ian will walk her down the aisle when she marries radio producer Jake Beckett next year.
She said: ”If someone calls, he puts the phone down and can’t remember who it was. If mum pops out to the shops, he can’t remember when she left – or when she’s coming back.’
Siân Welby has revealed that her dementia-stricken father Ian ‘no longer has any short-term memory’ after sharing his diagnosis for the first time last month
Sian added that during Ian’s battles with cancer and Covid, his weight plummeted to six stone, and his family feared he may need to move into a care home.
Because of Ian’s ill health, Sian said that getting married abroad would be impossible, with several members of her family unable to travel.
She also shared her dad’s pride watching her hosting debut on This Morning last month, which was praised by viewers.
She said: ‘At one point, we were told he might never get out of bed again – he’s since been on a ride-on lawnmower and done the garden!’
Asked whether Ian will be able to walk her down the aisle, she said: ‘That would be the dream… That’s what made me cry when Jake and I got engaged, I think. I was thinking, maybe dad will actually be involved. Maybe, he’ll actually see me get married.’
During her This Morning hosting stint last month, Sian confirmed her father is battling vascular dementia while hosting a segment on the degenerative condition.
Welby, who has been praised for ‘bringing fun back’ to the beleaguered ITV flagship, was on hand to discuss a revolutionary new blood test that can detect Alzheimer’s disease during its initial stages.
The presenter admitted Ian is one of more than 900,000 people currently living with dementia across the United Kingdom.
The Capital FM star previously shared that Ian had been diagnosed with the disease after overcoming ‘awful’ battles with cancer and Covid
The star added that she still hopes Ian (pictured in hospital) will walk her down the aisle when she marries radio producer Jake Beckett next year
Discussing the incurable condition, she said: ‘It’s one of the most devastating, my dad’s going through it, he has vascular dementia.
‘You’re scared to lose a person that you know, it is quite frightening! Like you say, would I want to take a test knowing I could be susceptible to it?
‘It’s hard to know! I don’t know if I want to know, is ignorance bliss? But then again, if I could do something about it?’
Welby, who has previously discussed her father’s battles with cancer and COVID-19, was subsequently praised for her professionalism by viewers, with many taking to X, formerly Twitter, to express their views.
‘Nice to see Siân on #thismorning Very professional and engaging,’ wrote one impressed fan.
A second added: ‘I’m really enjoying the @Sianwelby and @radioleary mix.. they work well together. Well done to Sian, it must be nerve wracking presenting such a big morning show, she’s doing great.’
While a third urged ITV bosses to ‘sign Sian up. We’ve now found what we are looking for.’
Viewers were equally impressed with her debut on Monday alongside host Dermot O’Leary, as they said she was doing a ‘great job’ and ‘brought fun to the show’.
But behind-the-scenes in her personal life, Welby has had a tough couple of years – with her father being diagnosed with Leukemia.
In 2022 she admitted harboring fears for her elderly father after he contracted COVID-19 following his cancer diagnosis.
Ian’s health seriously declined after suffering from sepsis and pneumonia in both lungs.
His weight dropped to six and a half stone during a seven-week stint in hospital – with Welby fearing the worst.
When he showed signs of improvement, she shared sweet snaps with her father on Instagram and wrote: ‘Doctors have said it’s nothing short of a miracle.
‘My dad has leukemia and then got COVID, which lead to sepsis, pneumonia in both lungs and got to the point where he couldn’t eat, walk or talk. He’s spent the last 7 weeks in hospital, and there was a chance he’d never come home.
Last month Sian was praised by viewers for her stint as the host of This Morning alongside Dermot O’Leary
‘I posted the second photo on my insta story last week after I was finally able to hug him and was flooded with positive messages from all of you.
‘I just want to say thank-you for all your kind words. So much positivity was sent his way and literally the day after I had a text from my mum saying he had got out of bed. It’s incredible.’
She added: ‘I believe in the power of positive thoughts and seriously feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I’m back home and my dad’s out of hospital!! He’s making an incredible recovery, the doctors can’t believe it!!
‘What an amazing day… I’ve showed him all your messages and he’s got a tear in his eye – he’s asked me to print them all off so he can read them again when I’m not here’
‘I just want to add, if you’re going through anything similar I truly send you all love in the world. Even when you feel totally helpless.
‘Tell them you love them, hold their hand, hug them if you can. Be that positive voice repeatedly telling them to fight and if they can’t fight anymore, just tell them happy stories from their past.’