Robert Irwin has talked about the “heartbreak” of seeing a loved one get worse and worse because of dementia.

When he was a guest host on The Project, Steve Irwin’s 19-year-old son, Robert, talked about how devastating the disease can be for a family.

When they talked about dementia symptoms, the well-known conservationist told his own story to Hamish Macdonald, Georgie Tunny, and Michael Hing on the panel.

“You have to spend every minute with the people you care about”

Irwin talked about his own experience when the hosts talked about how hard it is to watch loved ones lose their mental abilities while they are still there physically.

He said he was all too familiar with the problems that come with degenerative brain disease because it had affected his own family.

Irwin said, “I don’t think there’s anyone alive who hasn’t met someone or has a loved one who has gone through this.”

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“I know that my grandfather on my mom’s side had a form of dementia, and a lot of family friends have also had it, and it’s just terrible.

“It’s heartbreaking to see someone you love or who is close to you going through that and not being able to go back and enjoy the good times they had.

“But I guess it just reminds you that you need to spend every second with the people you love and really surround yourself with love and light. And hopefully this is a sign that there is a safe way for people to stop doing this.”

Irwin also said that he hopes people with the disease will soon be able to get a drug that will help them get better.

Irwins join the Wiggles on stage

Irwin also talked about how proud he is to carry on his dad’s work, like when he recently performed with the Wiggles.

Last month, on Steve Irwin Day at Australia Zoo, the photographer and his mom Terri sang “The Crocodile Hunter,” a song about his famous Wildlife Warrior dad, with the new and OG Wiggles.

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Irwin also joined the group’s The OG Wiggles Reunion Tour for adults in May to perform a song that was close to his heart.

“The Wiggles are just famous. My dad did a fun project with them at Australia Zoo 20 years ago, and it was a lot of fun,” he said.

“We’ve worked with them for a long time, so the fact that all of the original Wiggles came back to support our charity Wildlife Warriors means the world.

“Dad started this as a way to help protect wildlife in Australia and around the world. A night like that shows us that his legacy is alive and well, and it’s the greatest honour of our lives to keep it going.”

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