Daffodils 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.
A man has told of how he “got his mum back” after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, in part, by getting her to follow a diet high in berries and leafy green vegetables.
But how realistic is it that dementia can be tackled through diet?
The bulk of the research had been on the preventative side rather than treating Alzheimer’s.
Mark Hatzer’s mum Sylvia was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in December 2016 and it progressed fast, so that at its worst she forgot who he was.
Mark said after a change in her diet and daily activities, her condition improved.
“I slowly got my mum back. Her memory is improving all the time. She is more alert and engaged. She is basically her old self again,” he wrote in a blog.
So what did Sylvia’s diet entail? Checjk out the full story on the BBC website.
Home care and live in care in Romford – cheaper than a residential home?
Britain’s creaking residential care home industry is facing a number of financial challenges, forcing homes to increase fees for those who pay them.
Residential care homes face the same costs as every household in terms of fuel and food bills and the costs of cleaning and maintenance. But they have additional difficulties in the form of rising wage bills and rents.
Some groups also have high borrowings.
However, one of the biggest factors driving up care home fees is the fact that those who pay their own way – because they failed the means-test – end up subsidising those who are paid for by local councils.
Care homes say that local authorities don’t pay them enough to fund the places, which forces them to squeeze the cash out of “self-funders”.
A care home is ‘a last resort for dad’ – it would also cost considerably more
Nick Kounoupias, 54, a lawyer, has found that 24-hour, seven-day a week care for his father Mikis, 93, is significantly cheaper than finding a good-quality care home.
The family found a carer through one of a growing number of agencies that do not employ carers directly but instead put them in touch with suitable clients via an app.
Two carers live with Mr Kounoupias for a fortnight at a time, looking after him for 24 hours a day, before taking the following fortnight off.
He is in generally sound health, but is growing more frail. His sight and hearing is also deteriorating.
The family wanted him to remain independent for as long as possible, and say he has benefited from being in familiar surroundings and eating home-cooked food.
Mr Kounoupias said: “If I did put him in a care home, I’d only do as a last resort. I wouldn’t want to put him into some of the places I’ve seen.
“The only one that we liked cost £5,500 a month. Using the carers comes out at £2,200 a month.”
For more on this story visit the Telegraph website.
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