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Welsh Daffodils to help patients with Alzheimers

daffodils and alzheimersDaffodils grown by a Welsh sheep farmer could be used to help more than 225,000 patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Kevin Stephens’ flowers produce unusually high amounts of galantamine, which can slow down the progress of the devastating disease.

Scientists believe the daffodils, grown in the Black Mountains in Wales, have more of it due to the stress they are placed under having to endure harsh winters at 1,200ft.

The unfavourable conditions cause them to flower much later than regular species, which produce very little quantities of the chemical.

Mr Stephens, 51, has spent six years developing a method of growing and harvesting the daffodils to extract galantamine for use in Alzheimer’s drugs.

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Alzheimer’s researchers win brain prize

Four dementia scientists have shared this year’s 1m Euro brain prize for pivotal work that has changed our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

Profs John Hardy, Bart De Strooper, Michel Goedert, based in the UK, and Prof Christian Haass, from Germany, unpicked key protein changes that lead to this most common type of dementia.

On getting the award, Prof Hardy said he hoped new treatments could be found.

He is donating some of his prize money to care for Alzheimer’s patients.

Much of the drug discovery research that’s done today builds on their pioneering work, looking for ways to stop the build-up of damaging proteins, such as amyloid and tau.

Alzheimer’s and other dementias affect 50 million people around the world, and none of the treatments currently available can stop the disease.

For more on this story visit the BBC website

Powys home care service reorganisation branded ‘shambolic’

Everycare mid Sussex car at homeA shake-up of home care services in Powys ran into difficulty because of problems including poor communication and staffing issues, a review has found.

Complaints of neglect came after Powys council cut its list of around 20 providers to four in April and May.

Montgomeryshire AM Russell George branded the reorganisation “shambolic”. The council said there were “lessons to be learnt” and changes were under way.

Better communication between local government and the care sector is the answer to ensure that these issues are not replicated elsewhere.

For more on this story visit the BBC website.

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales – Winter Newsletter

older people newsletter cardiff walesBelow is the newsletter from the Older People’s Commission for Wales, with updates of the Commission’s work over the last few months.

The newsletter gives information and advice on numerous different subjects including:

  • The Welsh Government’s Nest scheme aiming to tackle fuel poverty by improving the energy efficiency of existing homes across Wales
  • Tax Help for Older People service that provides free, independent and expert help and advice for older people on lower incomes who cannot afford to pay for professional tax advice. Their team of over 450 volunteers provides support to people across the country.
  • The Ageing Well in Wales Programme, established to improve the wellbeing of people aged 50 and over in Wales.

To read the newsletter visit the Older People’s Commission for Wales website.